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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.


Snippets on a Fourth Friday

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on June 24, 2016 at 6:26 am

A sign of times to come – Great Britain leaves the EU | will try to go it alone.The New York Times

Eight reasons why it happenedBBC news

“We have to look at the things that matter in people’s everyday lives, perhaps where there have been ambiguities, where there’s been arrogance and where people have felt it’s been an elite project… ” – Swedish Minister Ann Linde in this article, “What is the rest of Europe saying as Brexit storms to victory?”The Express, London

“Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called the Brexit “a great thing.” – from this article – How Brexit will hit America” at The Conversation

ultra-thin-solar.0 Solar cells, wrapped around a glass panel about 1 mm thick. – AIP

“Solar panels have gotten thinner than a human hair. Soon they’ll be everywhere.”Vox.com

sheriff sales

Sheriff’s Sales Listing – July 27, 2016

“50 Million Americans live with disabilities – so why ignore their vote” 


Stars and stripes on gun

“Congressional Democrats Sit Down, Republicans Stand Up, On Gun Control” The Adobo Chronicles

So, we’re talking with a few F&M students last night at an event. When we asked them if they’d ever read or seen videos about the 1968 Democratic Convention, there were blank stares. Does history repeat?

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Your invitation …


“Please join us for our SCCA Invitational, Friday, June 24 from 5-9 p.m. at 224 Locust Street, Columbia, PA. Please see the attached poster and  original art, “Road Haus” by Richard Huck.
“The show is curated by Milt Friedly and Robert Troxell and features many local talents including Dan Burns, Jim Gallagher, Carol Galligan, Claire Giblin, Claire Lavin and Richard Huck. In addition we have included some of the area’s young emerging talent: Pottery by Rebecca Ast; Paintings by Kristy Huesken and Meghan Kreider; and sculptor Tom Yurkovic.
“We will have printmaking by Milt Friedly (Most of Milt’s work will be removed for a show at the North Museum.), Robert Troxell and Shawn Williams. Pottery by Milt Friedly, Jim Lard and Robert Troxell.
“Stamped fine art by Tennesee  artist Carl Gombert. And a special floor installation by James Fuhrman.
“Thanks and we hope to see you Friday.
“Susquehanna Center for the Creative Arts
224 Locust Street
Columbia, PA 17512
SOURCE: news release
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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?

Celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on May 31, 2016 at 10:08 am

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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

Free lunches for kids this summer

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on May 20, 2016 at 5:58 pm

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Email from Columbia Borough

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