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Thursday notes – 7/20/17

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2017 at 5:29 am

psAn interesting possibility surfaced during discussions at the Monday night planning meeting. At the center of the discussion was a sentiment that Columbia should have more owner-occupied structures rather than renter-occupied ones. While Lancaster County is a super-hot real estate market according to this Lancaster Online article, ” in 2014, homeownership dropped to a lower rate than it was in 1994, with a rate of 64%.” – Wikipedia

This Lancaster Online article, “High Real Estate Group buys 4 apartment complexes, hotel for $60M” shows one organization’s belief that renting will be a good investment. Remember, too, that home ownership has been an ideal that receives government suppport. “Homeownership has been promoted as government policy using several means involving mortgage debt and the government sponsored entities Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and the Federal Home Loan Banks, which fund or guarantee $6.5 trillion of assets with the purpose of directly or indirectly promoting homeownership. Homeownership has been further promoted through tax policy which allows a tax deduction for mortgage interest payments on a primary residence. The Community Reinvestment Act also encourages homeownership for low-income earners. The promotion of homeownership by the government through encouraging mortgage borrowing and lending has given rise to debates regarding government policies and the subprime mortgage crisis.” – Wikipedia

In a separate discussion following the meeting, the topic of codes enforcement was thrown into the mix. Is it the rental units that are problematic in Columbia or is it the failure to enforce codes? Certainly rental unit owners as the High Corporation will have exacting standards that will exceed the municipal codes standards.

In situations in which the rental unit owners do not enforce standards, it’s up to the municipality to do its job of code enforcement. Hold the rental unit owners accountable now.

Columbia’s owner-occupied percentage is 58.4% compared with Elizabethtown’s 55.4%. Columbia’s income numbers are significantly lower than the other larger boroughs in the county. Here are the demographic comparisons among Columbia, Ephrata, Elizabethtown and Lititz.

mcconnellJust cannot wait for this guy to completely disappear somewhere, back to the hills of Kentucky, somewhere. Never want to see him and his “goofy-assed” ideas ever again. He is a total shill for any corporation that funnels cash his way. Less than 5% of the funds he receives to stay at the trough come from individuals – he is a corporate shill.

antitetheringFinally, the elected public servants in Harrisburg have done something meaningful. “New Pa. law changes requirements on tethering your dog.” Penn Live

public noticePUBLIC NOTICE – Columbia Borough has created a Pollutant Reduction Plan (PRP) to meet the requirements of its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer (MS4) permit with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). – Read more at Lancaster Online.

GRATE AGAIN“American Oxygen Sucked Out By Far-Right Agenda’ Veterans Today

hard thingThe Promise The Guardian


six news items | Wednesday, 7/19/17

In Uncategorized on July 19, 2017 at 5:54 am

100MPHNah! The speed limit on Route 222 is not 100 mph. Today’s POLICE LOG in LNP – Always Lancaster lists  a man living in Columbia being “charged with DUI, fleeing/eluding police, reckless driving and traffic violations after he fled when troopers tried to stop him for going 104 mph in a 65 mph zone … ”

gamblingThis is the plan? This is how the state will raise revenue? Pa. state budget update: House Republicans offer new no-taxes plan to raise revenue” Penn Live

[Get a new plan, Stan!]

7-21 music

NNO fireworksfireworks’nuff said!

toll increase“Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission tolls are set to rise next January for the tenth year in a row.”

“When it opened in 1940, tolls were supposed to be a temporary measure until the road was paid for in about a decade.” – Keystone Crossroads

Here’s the Turnpike Commission’s history.

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some news items | 7/18/17

In Uncategorized on July 18, 2017 at 7:27 pm

cherriesUm-m-m-m, can you just taste ’em? Dark sweet cherries …. The Produce Geek says, “Nothing like a delicious bowl of sweet cherries to slow down with, to enjoy – indulge! Cherry season 2017 is here and if love this special fruit treat – July is your time! Get them while they’re at their peak. By mid-August they’ll be all but gone until next summer.”

tiny house“Is America ready for a nation of micro-houses? | “How Tiny Homes Could Spur Affordable Housing, Ease Gentrification, Reduce Consumerism and Help the Environment.” – This tiny house photo above is from Liberation Tiny Houses, 101 Ashmore Dr, Leola, PA 17540.

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robberHere’s what’s really got the “Kintuckian’s” goat. As “elected public servant” (not ours, thankfully) Mitch McConnell gets geared up for revenge politics, he’s all fired up because his buddies – the ones who want his kind of draconian healthcare, the big insurers, aren’t getting enough profits. Read this piece: “America’s Real Health Care Debate: How to Stop Insurers from Robbing Us Blind.”

A single payer platform would eliminate them and their profits!

profit “Rand Paul Exposes GOP Health Care Bill as “Giant Bailout Superfund for Insurance Companies”

bodycamBut what if they don’t want to follow the stantards?The Minneapolis, MN shooting. Over the weekend, a woman called 911 to report a possible sexual assault happening near her Minneapolis home. Two officers responded, and one of them ended up shooting her. It’s unclear how this ended up happening. Minneapolis officers started wearing body cameras last summer to capture evidence in moments like this, but these officers didn’t have their cameras turned on. The victim’s family is demanding answers and authorities have launched an investigation.” – The Daily Skimm


US will be lower than Greece on inequity scale

In Government, Uncategorized on July 17, 2017 at 8:53 am

swamp-draining“Donald Trump’s tax reform plans would, if enacted, increase the gap between rich and poor Americans and see the US slip below Greece on a new global index of inequality.” – The Guardian


Monday’s news items – 7/17/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, Uncategorized on July 17, 2017 at 6:57 am


NOT FAKE NEWS (and why this country needs newspapers to “speak truth!”): “Immediate action following Boston Globe’s ‘Spotlight’ report on Manchester (NH) VA hospital”

Yesterday, “Veterans Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin … removed the two top officials at the Manchester VA Medical Center and ordered a ‘top-to-bottom’ review of New Hampshire’s only hospital for veterans.

“Shulkin’s action came within hours after The Boston Globe published a Spotlight Team report detailing what several doctors and other medical staffers allege is dangerously substandard care given at the facility.”

HARB epigraphsThese “epigraphs” are from the Manual for Pennsylvania Historical-Architectural-Review-Boards and Historical Commissions.

This listing in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster is about Wednesday’s meeting: “ The Historical Architectural Review Board of the Borough of Columbia will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 19, in council chambers of Borough Hall, 308 Locust St., Columbia. Among the agenda items: 128-132 Locust St. and 45 Bank Ave.; Brian Myers and Benjamin Myers, owners. Conceptual discussion of the proposed demolition of two adjoining two-story brick houses on Locust Street and a modern one-story mobile home on Bank Avenue, to allow construction of a new four-story mixed-use commercial and residential building.

This is the same property that was advertised in this LEGAL NOTICE requesting “special exception(s) and/or variance(s) to construct a mixed use building with a reduction in required off street parking.

The legal notice references “789 Main Street LLC/Brian Myers” as the requester – 789 Main Street, LLC has several listings on the current Lancaster County Delinquent Tax Report.

Image result for legal noticeThis LEGAL NOTICE appears at Lancaster Online: A special meeting of the borough council will be held on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to “determining whether to move forward with acquiring real estate” of the property known as the McGinnis Airport.

neutralityGreat letter-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster about “net neutrality” in which the letter writer shares the same rote BS response from Pennsylvania Senator Toomey’s office: “I am encouraged by Chairman Pai’s recent proposal to keep our Internet free from greater government control. Net neutrality threatens the innovation and economic freedom that have made the Internet a powerful catalyst for job creation and growth.” Whichever sycophant wrote the “elected public servant’s response” is simply spouting the GOP line that is sucking up to the Internet providers. Gimme’ a break!

home againWhy are animals so special for humans? Why are people who maim and abuse animals so despicable?

This story will tug at your heart just as yesterday’s facebook page piece about animal abuse revulsed you. “This dog spent 9 months lost in the Idaho mountains. Here’s how she got home to Boise.”

16.20And this is just too cool and right here in Columbia. The Public Art Station. “Inspired by “The World’s Smallest Public Art Station” located in Lancaster, PA, we decided to create our own version for our community in Columbia, PA. We hope you enjoy seeing what others have created, and stop by to leave your mark! – Stop by our Public Art Station at 8th & Chestnut Sts. Leave a little piece of yourself for all to enjoy!”


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Submitted on behalf of Blissful Bonita Art Studio & Gallery1047 E. Market St. York, PA 17403 – 717-887-1497.

16.24Cannot resist taking a snapshot each time we walk The Bridge – The River is amazing.

new trolley stopNew trolley stop? All the designated parking spaces were filled on Sunday; busy day on the trail and on The River.


five news items – 7/15/17

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2017 at 6:00 am

red buildingA post at this local facebook page (You know you’re from ColumbiaPA) makes a statement about a personal choice. At the Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB) there’s a “Painting Old Buildings” guide: HARB Painting Old Buildings. While the 400 block of Locust Street is part of the historic district, HARB’s Painting Old Buildings guide states: “Paint provides protection for the wood elements on your house. The colors you choose are a form of personal expression. Colors can reflect popular styles within neighborhoods, or the individual tastes of the building’s current owner. Your color choice might also be based on historical colors that are appropriate to the age and style of the building.”

gwtg17Susquehanna Valley EMS receives 2017 American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus award. –  Lancaster Online

company town Life was better then! In company towns and in despotic, dictator ruled nations. But that was before the outsiders stepped in with those dad-gummed “liberal” ideas. “Under siege by liberals: the town where everyone owns a gun.” The Guardian

iraq vet’cause that’s the way it is with immigrants! Go back to where you came from. – “Iraq veteran facing deportation speaks out from jail: ‘I would feel utterly alone’”The Guardian

OFAA letter-to-the editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster denounces the Organizing For Action progressive action initiative by saying “The sole purpose is to destroy President Donald Trump and our constitutional republic.” Curious, the FAQs at the Website seem to deny those insinuations. Investigate everything and believe what you want.

three end-of-day “happy” facts – 7/13/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities, Uncategorized on July 13, 2017 at 6:41 pm

NNO fireworksfireworks’nuff said!

FOOD INSPECTIONS 2No Borough food serving establishments inspections were conducted during May; during June two food trucks were inspected. Click here to see these inspection reports.

ballot-300x200According to PoliticsPA.com, “The state Senate voted today to put an amendment referendum on the November ballot that would allow for larger decreases in local property taxes. The Senate voted 46-2 in favor of the referendum, which passed unanimously out of committee earlier this month. The referendum will allow voters to decide if they want to allow local taxing organizations, such as counties, school districts, and municipalities, to up to 100 percent of the median assessed value of homestead property from taxes. This would be an increase from the current limit of 50 percent that was passed by voters in 1997.

five more facts – 7/13/2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on July 13, 2017 at 6:34 am

lnpThe “hold-it-in-your-hands” version has been delivered. We’re read The New York Times; Morning Call; Lebanon Daily News and several other online publications, but the online version of LNP – Always Lancaster is not available at 6:00 am. A call to the Customer Service department yielded no results other than there is a problem. At 7:20 am, Thursday’s e-edition is now up and running.

A1-OneManFire-Final-v2How long will small town fire and EMS departments survive?PublicSource article

legal noticeA couple legal notices with Columbia relevance are at Lancaster Online | Flavor Approved Fresh Food and Shift Forward, Inc



Related to Monday’s Council Meeting agenda item I – 5. ” Lindsay Brenner & Tim Hess, 1020 Cloverton Drive.”

big tobaccoSwamp draining continues – smoke ’em if you got ’em. | “Tobacco companies tighten hold on Washington under Trump – Top White House figures – including the vice-president and health secretary – have deep ties to an industry whose donations began pouring in on day one.” – The Guardian



first five facts – 7/13/17

In Uncategorized on July 13, 2017 at 4:00 am

bridge crash“A fatal crash involving two motorcycles and a vehicle shut down the Route 30 bridge between Columbia and Wrightsville in both directions late Wednesday.” – Lancaster Online 13-biggieThe “big guy’s back” at the Library today.

7-21 musicOh, yeah! 

lead-lurkingIs Lead Lurking in Your Home? | a program for Lancaster City and County residents

full empty“Don’t count the Rockvale Outlets out just yet, realty expert says”Penn Live

five more facts (and some opinions) | 7/12/17

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on July 12, 2017 at 8:09 pm

shrinking schoolsWith fewer students, school officials struggle to maintain offerings and still provide a quality education. Is consolidation a potential solution … ? – Public Source

take the trolleyThe trolley needs riderseblast message from the borough

blight2“‘We’re coming for you’ |Shamokin mayor issues warning to owners of blighted properties”The News-Item, Sunbury

trump“Inside the minds of Trump’s ‘true believers’” – The Conversation

toxicSo what kinds of actions make up toxic leadership? Surely, the blowhards who love to hear themselves talk. The ones who promise the world and deliver nothing … consistently. The ones who always seek the spotlight. Yes, those and “Sometimes it takes an asshole to get an outfit ready for war. Other times, though, an asshole is just an asshole.” This article is about a tactically, technically competent leader who expected his teams to perform. He admits, “I’m an ass who expects you to do your job, and I fully admit to that because I want people to be combat ready.” – Taskandpurpose.com

This AZCentral article paints another picture of a leader who intends to wipe away the “good old boy” system.