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Yeah, you think? Duh?

In Government, History and Heritage, Opinions, Opportunities, Uncategorized on July 9, 2016 at 7:52 am

“serious problems in both the decisions to go to war and in the bungled occupation — planning for which, it deemed, was ‘wholly inadequate’ — that followed the ousting of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.”

That comment’s coming from some “after the fact” introspection of Great Britain’s involvement in a war that never should have been fought. This Washington Post article states how the nation “gets it now” that Saddam Hussein posed no real threat to the war-thirsty western nations.

From a Columbia news, views and reviews opinion – August, 2013

It’s just a national shame, for Great Britain and for the United States, that those in authority in the US then (and those elected public servants in Congress who cast “yes” votes) allowed the US to be suckered down the path to war.

Read the Executive summary of the Iraq inquiry.


In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Uncategorized on June 22, 2016 at 2:53 pm

good news - not

“Trustees: Meager hike in Social Security benefits next year”AP Big Story

Legislator salaries, etc., etc., etc.

no no noSo,  what are the chances the school tax rate increase next year will be 0.02%?

Food prices? Health care? Gas prices? Heating? Cable TV? Internet access?

… and in a related vein.

hogs at troughDadgumit … it’s so darn tough to back away from the trough. Even when you say you will, you won’t; just ask former Presidential hopeful (yeah, right).

That trough is so filled with money!


Music and movies this summer

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on June 10, 2016 at 9:33 am

There’ll be music in the Park on Fourth Fridays at 5th and Locust this summer  … here’s Columbia Spy’s reporting on that.

And there’ll be Movies under the Stars at River Park beginning on June 17.

Showing the world – to the park or where to park

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities on June 1, 2016 at 7:42 pm

They really do a great job with befuddling folks. Imagine you’re a visitor and you see this “luxurious sign” near where you think the River Park, the trail head, the trail services building is.

park really

So is the Park to the left?

Or do you think that sign’s supposed to read,”PARKING?”

And is this borough really so bad off the sign’s the best it can do?

Heroin | a community conversation

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on May 22, 2016 at 8:43 am

This announcement is posted at the Columbia Police Department’s facebook page and at the Columbia Spy’s Website. It is an important community announcement that’s intended to get the attention of everyone in the community. Come to the Community Conversation on June 7 to learn about the heroin onslaught across Pennsylvania and here.

There’s an cogent comment at the Columbia Police Department’s facebook page:

Heroin doesn’t just kill, after you get in jail and take a prescription to subdue the urge, your life is still in chaos. You will be in debt for 20 years paying off your prison fees and fines and restitution. You will live with guilt and some day you must explain it to your children. Not me personally, someone I love very much.”

This Allentown Morning Call interview with Pennsylvania’s state prison system Corrections Secretary John Wetzel contains his equally telling observations about the doubly devastating outcomes when heroin users are jailed with no treatment provisions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says:

  • Heroin use more than doubled among young adults ages 18–25 in the past decade.
  • More than 9 in 10 people who used heroin also used at least one other drug.
  • 45% of people who used heroin were also addicted to prescription opioid painkillers.


Bayer’s pre-war heroin bottle, originally containing 5 grams of Heroin substance. – SOURCE: historytoday.com
Here’s an interesting article for more background on heroin; not just a modern societal phenomenon.


Why Should you Oppose the 21st Century Cures Bill?

In Everyday Living, Government, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, Uncategorized on May 22, 2016 at 8:10 am

“The U.S. Senate is expected to release its version of the 21st Century Cures Act soon. If the bill resembles the version approved in July by the U.S. House of Representatives, the public should be very concerned.

Why Should you Oppose the 21st Century Cures Bill?

  • 21st Century Cures would further undermine the FDA’s ability to ensure the safety and efficacy of medical devices, including by increasing FDA’s use of medical journal articles as a risky shortcut for approving the highest-risk devices.
  • 21st Century Cures would effectively lower FDA approval standards for antibiotics and antifungals.
  • 21st Century Cures would weaken reporting requirements of the Physician Payment Sunshine Act, allowing for secret influence by pharmaceutical and medical device companies.
  • 21st Century Cures would hasten the rise of resistant superbugs by giving hospitals incentives to use new antibiotics rather than conserving them for appropriate use.
  • 21st Century Cures would bar generic entry of medicines into the market for longer periods, costing the public as much as $12 billion and denying patients access to affordable, life-saving medicines.
  • Large sections of the bill were drafted by industry, which has mounted a major lobbying push to move the bill through Congress.

See the last bullet item? Pharmaceuticals, insurers and health care providers (?) write big checks to elected public servants and retain lobbyists. These folks do not represent Sid and Sally Citizen – nor you.

And the cycle continues.

SOURCE: Public Citizen

Ribbon cutting ceremony will celebrate the arrival of trolley service in Columbia

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities on May 19, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Columbia, PA – The Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center and Columbia Borough announce a collaborative effort that will bring a trolley to the historic area of Columbia.  This service debuted with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, May 25, at 6:30 pm.

A trolley service in downtown Columbia has long been imagined. The concept was included in Columbia’s Economic Development Strategic Plan and now comes to fruition. A trolley provided through a contract with Rivertowne Trolley Company will follow a loop that includes 10 stops at various attractions in Columbia.  For a small fee riders may enjoy this hop on, hop off trolley service on Thursdays through Sundays beginning May 26 and ending September 4.  This restored Victorian trolley with mahogany appointments will run from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm on those scheduled days. Volunteers will add to the experience by narrating the route.

Guests who wish to use this service are encouraged to park free of charge at the Columbia Municipal Parking Lot at Front & Locust Streets.  For more information, visit the SVCC website www.PaRivertowns.com  or call 717-684-5249.

SOURCE: news release

appears someone can measure “economic impact”

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on May 17, 2016 at 7:26 am

So it is possible …

“Lancaster General Health reports $2.1 billion economic impact; Here’s what that means for Lancaster County”Lancaster Online

“If Columbia Borough Council can change its ways, so can Mount Joy.”

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, Uncategorized on May 13, 2016 at 5:22 am

Wow, there’s a public pat on the  back.

The editorial in today’s “hold-it-in-your-hands” LNP – Always Lancaster is hammering Mount Joy’s lack of transparency with its citizens .

“That’s a complete turnaround since March when Columbia charged an LNP news correspondent $32 for the board packet five days after a meeting,” the editorial continues.

Government entities need to know that the citizens in this representative democracy are the Customers. Government exist only to serve and protect Customers.

Why are these “elected public servants” seemingly trying to hide things from the folks they’re pledged to “protect and serve.”

Each of them takes this oath: “”I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support, obey and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this Commonwealth and that I will discharge the duties of my office with fidelity.” – Maybe some of them ought to re-read these documents!

“Providing excellent services to citizens, businesses and other organizations is integral to most federal agencies’ missions. However, agencies have not always put the needs of their customers first when designing and delivering services. And they have not always embraced the latest technology to ensure that their customers are receiving the best services possible.” – Serving Citizens | Strategies for Coustomer-centered Government in the Digital Age.

serving citizensClick on the graphic to download this report.

In case you still harbor a remote thought …

In Everyday Living, Government, Opinions, Opportunities, Uncategorized on May 6, 2016 at 2:09 pm

that anyone in government is looking out for the “average citizen.”


This comes from freepress.net.

BAD NEWS: According to several news reports, the FCC has voted to approve the Charter-Time Warner Cable merger.

With Chairman Tom Wheeler at the helm, the agency ignored hundreds of thousands of people like you who urged it to block this disastrous deal. Instead of standing with the people who use the Internet, he sided with the companies that want to control it.

Here’s Where Things Stand:
Charter now rivals Comcast in size. Together the two companies will offer service to nearly 80 percent of U.S. households. In more than half of Charter’s territory, customers will have no other real option for bundled broadband and pay-TV services. Without real competition, Charter can charge whatever it wants.

And Charter has to charge more: This deal is saddling it with nearly $27 billion in new debt. To repay that, Charter will have to raise its already steep prices. This merger will hit low-income communities and low-income people of color the hardest, forcing many offline.

The FCC attached various conditions to the merger. But know this: No conditions can make this deal OK.

What the Decision Means for You:
If you’re a Time Warner Cable customer, you can say hello to Charter’s much higher prices, which currently start at $40/month for the first year of service and jump from there. While it isn’t clear when Charter will implement the rate hikes, the company needs to pay off its debt. It will do that by charging customers more.

If you’re breathing a sigh of relief because you’re not in the Charter-Time Warner Cable orbit, well — don’t. Because this merger gives Charter so much market power, it will be able — along with Comcast — to influence what all providers charge for broadband and cable. This means you can expect your already high rates to get even higher. What’s more, this deal will have grave impacts for the online video market — hurting consumers seeking to cut the cord.

Go to FreePress.net to find out what you can do to help undo this travesty ruling.

Next, remember to vote against any incumbent. It’s time to start anew!

Remember Comcast and Charter “openly” write checks to the “elected public servants.” Look at the numbers at OpenSecrets.org.

Who knows what is not openly done?

One dissenting vote

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. – SOURCE: The Declaration of Independence.