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Today’s news – Wednesday, May 31, 2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities on May 31, 2017 at 6:30 am

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

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Quote for today …The real problem posed by gerrymandering is not that it helps or hurts Democrats or Republicans, it’s that it foments ideological extremism.” – From this 2016 York Daily Record article: Pennsylvania Without Gerrymandering.

Another quote … “It was how the world communicated. Until it wasn’t.” – A really gripping commentary from this wonderful piece by Washington Examiner columnist Salena Zito: “Promised Land Lost.”

Another quote … “The Borough of Chambersburg is committed to transparency in Local Government. Transparent governance means that government officials act openly, with citizens’ knowledge of the decisions the officials are making.” – From the Chambersburg Website – A really well-done Customer-friendly, organized website that orchestrates numerous community resources … including a Mayor’s facebook page.

  • Article 133 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice – “Conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman | There are certain moral attributes common to the ideal officer and the perfect gentleman, a lack of which is indicated by acts of dishonesty, unfair dealing, indecency, indecorum, lawlessness, injustice, or cruelty.” And when a commissioned Army officer, including a general officer, violates this and other codes, all rights, privileges and retirement pay ought cease. This is the kind of stuff that makes “Americans grate again.”

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  • Making Americans grate again | Let’s turn TMI into a coal-fired plant?

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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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Lancaster County Land Bank Authority meeting tomorrow

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on May 22, 2017 at 6:12 am

The Lancaster County Land Bank Authority will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at 28 Penn Square, Suite 200.

Among the agenda items:

New business: resolution authorizing the extinguishing of tax liens and current taxes on property at 551 Ave. H, Columbia Borough; resolution authorizing acquisition of 839 Blunston St. in Columbia Borough; general discussion.

The next meeting of the board will be held at 4 p.m. June 27 at 28 Penn Square, Suite 200.

SOURCE: LNP – Always Lancaster

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?

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.”

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In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on May 11, 2017 at 10:10 pm





Today’s news – Tuesday, May 9, 2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities, People on May 9, 2017 at 7:38 am

Quote for today … “ … countries such as Australia are far ahead of the United States in delivering preventive care and trying to curb such harmful behaviors as smoking. We are falling behind our competitors in health.”Extracted from this Washington Post article about life expectancy in the U.S.

A second quote for today … The current reality is that ‘transparency’ remains prominent in mission statements and news conferences, but conspicuously absent in meeting rooms.” – From today’s LNP – Always Lancaster editorial entitled “In the dark.”


  • The room was crowded at the onset of the Borough Council meeting. As the evening wore on the those with specific interests left. Last night, the seated councillors interviewed two citizen applicants for the vacated councillor position necessitated by the resignation of Sherry Welsh. A third applicant was not in the gallery. Marilyn Kress Hartman was selected and assumes the position that expires in January 2018. Kress Hartman’s name is one on the Unofficial Candidates for Public Office for May 16, 2017 Municipal Primary In Ballot Order.

hartmanMarilyn Kress Hartman was appointed to fill a vacant council seat at last night’s meeting. Kress Hartman is a real estate agent. She and the other applicant, Robert B. Thompson, said they wanted to be councillors because they are pleased with the progress the borough is making and they want to contribute to that success.

  • The borough will be seeking input in response to a “Request for Expression of Interest” that will be issued sometime soon. The intent is to have an entity or an individual suggest uses for these existing properties: Borough Hall, the Market House and the vacant structure on Front Street that had housed the former Columbia No. 1 Fire Company. The mayor expounded on an idea to consolidate the Borough offices and the Columbia Borough School District offices and consolidate in the School District’s building. He said it’s important that Columbia Borough demonstrate its willingness to be proactive when applying for state grants and funds. Nothing is set in stone, the borough is simply looking for opportunities and options.

council meeting collectionLast night’s meeting agenda lists the depth of topics covered including (1) acknowledging the coordinated life-saving response of Columbia’s first-responders in a cardiac-arrest incident; (2) a follow up presentation about the re-use potential of the sewage treatment plant; (3) the installation of two citizens on the planning commission; (4) the announced rate schedule and naming of the Columbia Trolley Works; (5) the announcement that five applicants will be interviewed for the position of trolley driver and much more as listed on the Borough Council Meeting Agenda.