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Today’s news – Sunday, May 28, 2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, People on May 28, 2017 at 7:10 am

Today’s news and information gleanings from here and there.

shame on youColumbia Spy‘s “DESECRATION! Graffiti vandals strike again” rightly decries the cowardly, despicable acts. WHERE ARE THE CAMERAS AND THE WITNESSES?

Any notice at the Columbia Police Department’s facebook or CrimeWatch pages? NOPE!!!!

temple compositeFrom this September 15, 2013 Columbia news, views & reviews submission.

Quote for today … “Just walk around town on a nice Saturday morning, and you can see how people, young and old, flock to the downtown as the place to be.” – comment from a real estate representative about the revival of West Chester, a winner of a 2017 Great American Main Street Award.

Another quote for today … “If they continue on that path, they’re going to run out of money.” Quote from Keith Ramsey, interim business manager at Columbia Borough School District in a page one LNP – Always Lancaster article about school district reserve funds.

  • It’s difficult finding definitive, authoritative information about Columbia’s Memorial Day Parade which, evidently, will be held today at 2:30 pm according to the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Website. – No other details are listed.
  • Columbia Borough Websitenothing!

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On the other hand, Marietta communicates with citizens and the world about tomorrow’s parade by showing a parade route map and other information.


A third quote … Congress has been no help to lovers of freedom. Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are allies of Trump; they have capitulated to Trump’s intimidation. That is why the courts and media are our last hope. – From a letter-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

starbarnCentral Penn Business Journal | pictures of the re-raising of the Star Barn.

When will the killing end?

In Everyday Living, History and Heritage, Opinions on May 26, 2017 at 8:39 am

“On this Memorial Day, we should begin to confront the staggering cost and the challenge of paying for this war. | Iraq and Afghanistan: The US$6 trillion bill for America’s longest war is unpaid” The Conversation


Add to this the sickening fact that a quarter million innocent civilians have been killed. That’s everyone in Columbia killed 10 times over!

And now we’re killing Syria’s beleaguered civilians |Total of 225 people, including 36 women and 44 children, killed by friendly fire in the last four-week period” – The Independent

“US airstrikes allegedly kill at least 73 civilians in northern Syria”The Guardian

Before Monday’s bombing in England, “more than 1,200 people outside of Iraq and Syria have been killed in attacks inspired or coordinated by the Islamic State.

45 yearsSOURCE: Global Terrorism database

today’s news – Thursday, May 25, 2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, Uncategorized on May 25, 2017 at 6:38 am

Today’s news and information gleanings from here and there.

Quote for today … What I’m also fearful of is that single-agenda people will be occupying board space and not truly understand the role of a school board member,” –  Comment from a candidate for a school board director position in Manheim Township from the editorial in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

Another quote … Everything goes up every year, except our Social Security because the government says there is no money for a raise. But the people in government seem to always find money to give themselves hefty raises. Amazing, isn’t it!” –  From a letter-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster apparently written by a senior citizen speaking to apartment rental increases (“Our apartment complex raised the rent $126 a month in 14 months.”)

and another …If the atheists’ organization (Freedom From Religion Foundation) has tax-exempt status, the Trump administration and the GOP Congress should revoke it.” – Another example of “ox goring” by a fundamentalist who benefits from freedom of speech but doesn’t want others to have that same right. From another letter-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

  • If you can’t enjoin ’em – beat ’em | At least that seems to be the “brownshirt” response of one “elected public servant” candidate who doesn’t like it when a media representative asked a question. – The Daily Chronicle, Bozeman, MT


  • new Census Bureau estimates | According to an article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster, Lancaster City and many boroughs, including Columbia and Lititz, have lost population.
  • And then there’s the Congressional Budget Office report on the proposed Health care act with more bad news for the elderly, those with a disability and others who are not rich.

Wednesday’s addenda

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, Uncategorized on May 24, 2017 at 12:21 pm

“Plans for former Wilbur Chocolate plant in Lititz include luxury apartments, boutique hotel” Lancaster Online

Columbia had a chance at luxury condos once – but prevailing minds turned it down in 2011. “Denied … 401 LOCUST STREET – TMIS, LLC. – The Board denied the applicants’ proposal for a variance in parking and the construction of condominium dwellings atop a parking lot at 401 Locust Street. Applicants John DeVitry and Richard Danz, TMIS, LLC general partners, expressed disappointment with the Board’s denial of the request (following an executive session) to construct and alter the existing property into a condominium property with parking facilities. TMIS, LLC. had previous approval to construct a hotel at the site; the decision to change to condominium dwelling was introduced due to the current economic landscape and the apparent excess of hotel rooms in the county.” – Columbia news, views & reviews post

Near the bottom of the suck list: Comcast and CenturyLink rank at the bottom of the listings of “America’s Most Loved and Hated Telephone and Cable Companies” list at 24/7 Wall St.

Today’s news (a day of quotes) – Wednesday, May 24, 2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on May 24, 2017 at 7:19 am

Today’s news and information gleanings from here and there.

Many of these comments speak to the mistrust and distrust of those elected to serve the public.


Quote for today … There will be a lot of money spent in any area we go into. –  Braggadocio comment about the “economic impact” of the coming Williams pipeline flurry coming to Lancaster County in a page one article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster: “Williams sees $75.5M boost for county economy.”

Another quote … “I understand that you don’t want to pay for the feasibility study, and you should not have to, but either way … we will pay. If a decision is made to go forward, it will certainly involve some kind of construction … so, again, we will pay.” – Citizen quoted in a LNP – Always Lancaster School Brief report on the recent Columbia Borough School District Board of Directors’ meeting about the topic of moving the borough’s offices into a shared space arrangement with the School District’s.

A third Quote …the American people need to do a better job of critically consuming their news and not crying victim when something is reported unfairly.” – From a syndicated column by Salena Zito in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster: “A journalistic crisis that benefits no one.” 

And another … This time, the opening lines from this letter-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster: As it becomes increasingly obvious that the Trump administration is nothing but a festering nest of corruption, self-dealing and treason, the big question is whether congressional Republicans will continue to defend a president who is every day more and more indefensible.

And this from a former member of the Amish community in a letter-to-the-editor, too: I’d like to see Smucker reflect the values that are important to his constituents.

And this from another letter-to-the-editor from the other side: Dear Rep. Lloyd Smucker: Do not yield to these local radical left-wing lunatics screaming for you to hold a town hall. Their intention is not a civil dialogue, but to shout you down and turn it into a spectacle. … Do not alienate your base by kowtowing to the Lancaster city mob.

  • From the Police Log in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster:Alfonso E. Romero, 72, of Columbia, was charged after he was seen scratching someone’s car May 15 in the parking lot of Wal-Mart, 2030 Fruitville Pike, police said.”
  • OMG – this begins a string at You know you’re from Columbia, PA if … “Wow the stuff you see in the boro. Just seen a little girl about 6 or 7 yrs old duck behind a tree at mackel park and take a shit. Then her and the person with her just walk away.”

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Today’s news – Friday, May 19, 2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on May 19, 2017 at 8:55 am

Today’s news and information gleanings from here and there.

Quote for today … “ … Final Chapter of His Life Totally Alone” Fitting end for a abuser, a terrorist and a friend of POTUS. – Mediaite.com

Another quote … “Integrity wins no popularity contests; at first blush it bears a resemblance to disloyalty. It is not easy to comment on the emperor’s wardrobe.” – From this New Yorker Magazine article.

  • Gotcha’ | forgery and theft and dumassednessColumbia Police Department CrimeWatch

2000px-Smiley.svgIt’s just a good news day as the ethically and morally challenged folks get their due. – Weiner to plead guiltyThe New York Times

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Have Americans learned nothing since 2008?

In Everyday Living, History and Heritage, Opinions, Opportunities, Uncategorized on May 17, 2017 at 6:31 pm

The news today – “Household Debt Makes a Comeback in the U.S.” – is shocking.

Americans thirst for spending seems boundless. Big McMansion mortgages, big cars’ and SUVs’ loans and leases have big debt. And a new player, student loans, is now bigger than credit card debt.

Today’s sharp drop on Wall Street – probably influenced by hyper erratic governance in Wonderland – may be another sign.

So who’s to blame for the 2008 fiasco – the worst financial debacle since the great depression?

“So who is to blame? There’s plenty of blame to go around … read the last paragraph of this article (“Who Caused the Economic Crisis?”) and consider … is this happening again?

peeing in the pool protocol

In Government, Opinions, Uncategorized on May 16, 2017 at 8:31 am

It may be OK to pee in the pool if it’s your pool. But if there are others in the pool, peeing in the pool is just plain wrong.

So, too, is sharing state secrets.

“Trump tweets that he shared ‘facts pertaining to terrorism’ with Russian officials” – The Boston Globe

People peeing in a public pool have to be asked to leave.


a surrogate says POTUS’s telling the Russians is “‘wholly appropriate.”The Boston Globe

Gotta’ love those surrogates! Taking one for the gipper!

Speaking about surrogates; AKA suck-ups.


signs point to this: KKK rally in Lancaster County

In Everyday Living, Opinions, Opportunities on May 16, 2017 at 7:40 am

KKKFlames-678x381Flames photo credit: “Flames,” by amslerPIX, Flickr, (CC BY 2.0) NOTE: The hotline telephone number in the above post is listed as a “569-” number. Yet the number below is a “659-” number.

Among the many emails we get, this one included this line: “The Ku Klux Klan is coming to Lancaster, Pa, my hometown. Again.”

The email went on to say: “Last time they came it was September 8, three days before 9/11.   The challenge for me then and now is how to respond.”

It’s tough ferreting real events versus “fake news” – but we found this with a google search:

“The East Coast Knights of the Ku Klux Klan are planning a “cross lighting” in Quarryville, PA on Saturday, May 20th, according to a post on the neo-nazi website, Stormfront. Raging Chicken Press first learned of the plans earlier today thanks to a tip from a reader. The event is also posted on the organizing group’s web page.”

It’s also posted here: http://www.eastcoastknightsofthetrueinvisibleempire.com/events

“On May 20 when the Klan comes, the NAACP will hold a Liturgy for Justice on the Lancaster Court House steps.  Men and women and folks who reject the gender binary will gather at 3pm.” – SOURCE: from the initial email

And the email concludes with “… take action to clean up the water.  If you don’t know why ‘all lives matter’ is a rhetorical move to obscure racism; if you serve on a mostly or all white board that’s supposed to benefit a multiracial community; if your workplace can’t ‘find qualified people of color;’ or if your school has a disproportionate number of white children in the gifted program and way too many kids of color tracked into low achievement; check your water.”

wilder and wilder | perspectives on the ways of life in and out of Wonderland!

In Everyday Living, Government, Lists, Opinions, People on May 11, 2017 at 8:28 am

US Representative Smucker: “Congress needs a “fresh start” in its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.”

Not certain a fresh start. Let’s have a continuation of the investigation that’s begun. Let’s not lose the trail.

“Jeff Sessions’s Role in James Comey’s Firing”The New Yorker

Can’t have no southern possum guarding the henhouse!

“Too many lawmakers become law breakers” | That’s the title of a letter to the editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

True enough! There are too many instances of law makers and law enforcement people who are law breakers. They get DUIs and they engage in numerous criminal acts and walk away unscathed.

Coomey fired for getting too close to the truth about Russian connection? The Independent


Lebanon balances budget with staffing cutsThe Lebanon Daily News

Tough love hurts.

The long history, and short future, of the password The Conversation

Will we see this?

Money-laden power brokers lining up to insure Wonderland re-election. | “Pro-Trump super PACs have already spent $1 million on Election 2020.”The Center for Public Integrity

Money rules – everyone else loses. It’s BULL$hit!