There simply is not enough time today to cover the incredible events of this week.There will be a news round-up this weekend, including the mayoral debate, Nevin Cooley’s email, Jeff Hawke’s column in today’s Intell – and of course, the $900,000 question of who will be on the train out of Lancaster.
IN THE POCKET?
Today, I thought I would post three of my favorite quotes from Talkback this week, two by noted bloggers, and all concerning the Lancaster Newspapers.The first is in response to this post under Dave Hennigan’s column in the Sunday News, “Clyde can only ask, ‘But why?’”:“Among the opponents there are a number of posters who…claim that the LNP and its reporters are in the pockets of the convention center principals because they don’t like the stories printed.”
“Not exactly.LNP isn’t ‘in the pockets’ of the principals – it is one of the principals.That’s why stories in LNP newspapers aren’t trusted.Rightly so.What amazes me is that you expect people who read your post to be so uninformed as to not know that.”
JOHN M. SPIDALIERE
A new Talkbacker posted this under the New Era article, “Commissioners on the defense” by John M. Spidaliere: "The paper should always give complete disclosure about being a private partner in the hotel/convention center deal.I think they are being unethical by not stating this at the beginning of every article dealing with this subject.”
“John M. Spidaliere has repeatedly distorted, twisted, or misrepresented the facts.Perhaps the editor of the Lancaster New Era should have their legal department continually double-check the accuracy of John M. Spidaliere’s writing, before someone brings a slander lawsuit against Lancaster Newspapers.”
And finally, my favorite – in response to the same article and this sentence quoting the Commissioner’s email:“’So we hope you will be interested in this brief e-mail summarizing our personal views, unfiltered by Lancaster Newspapers, one of the private partners in the hotel/convention center deal.”
The poster said:
“Looks like the email got filtered by Lancaster Newspapers after all.Apparently, there is no escaping these news hounds!”
News hounds!That makes my day.
SEE YOU TOMORROW.
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
Mayor Smithgall has promised me 900,000 of these if I don’t put him on the next train out of Lancaster.Oh, happy day!
ALL ABOARD!!!WHO WILL BE ON THE TRAIN?COMING LATER TODAY!!!
SMOKE AND MIRRORS
Sometimes life gets just a little too strange.So I’ll simply start this briefly today as there are breaking developments and I will continue tomorrow.When my memories of abuse came back, other memories came back as well.I printed a number of letters from my brothers and sisters to my therapist on the “old” site.Included was one dated August 29, 2003, and this was part of it, “As Tom told you yesterday, we siblings are deeply concerned that Becky’s mental health continues to deteriorate.In the last month she has requested numerous times that a childhood friend take a DNA test because Becky now believes they are half-sisters.(The friend has to date refused).”
Well, yesterday, something amazing happened.Yes, I believe I have half-brothers and sisters.Will the strange events of yesterday be the beginning of an extended family?Do I have the courage to find out?
Because of these developments, the articles on Nevin Cooley and the mayor will come tomorrow.Please do remember that Mr. Cooley was the first person to be put on the train out of Lancaster.Why is he still here?Some people may have thought I was joking about the mayor and the Whack-a-Mole quote yesterday (see below). The Lancaster Newspaper site I linked to was down or running very slowly most of yesterday.It is an absolutely valid story and once again it’s here.The New Era coverage of the debate (not posted online) had the headline, “’Whack-a-Mole’ leadership style subject of debate.” It’s really for real, folks.
Wow!There’s a lot going on.Nevin Cooley of the PSP sends out an email, Charlie is still mole whacking and just when you don’t think the hair on the back of your neck could get raised again – it does – back to the incest story.ALL OF THIS IS COMING LATER TODAY…
I contacted the District Attorney’s Office this morning to check on the status of the investigation into the shooting death of Renee J. Binkley on September 4, 2005.She was shot by her boyfriend, Todd A. Smith, with a .12 gauge shotgun in a van she was driving at Conestoga and South Queen Streets.Smith stated it was an accident in the Intell article, “Boyfriend grieves the woman he shot dead.”Kitty, the woman who answered the phone in the D.A.’s office, put me on hold.When she came back she said she had spoken to D.A. Donald Totaro and he told her the case is “under investigation” and that he has “nothing to say at this point.”I will continue to follow up.
VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Please keep in mind that October 11 is the deadline to register to vote in the mayoral election.Ask your friends and neighbors if they are registered to vote.And speaking of politics, LIP News is pleased to bring you the exclusive photograph below, submitted by a reader.The article in today’s Intell, “Mayor, council hopefuls talk issues,” says, “Republican incumbent Charlie Smithgall compared his leadership style to someone playing the amusement park game Whack-a-Mole.”Yes, Charlie, that sums it up very well. Now pack your bags.(The article is here.)
Mayor Smithgall (in the umbrella hat) meets with his advisers to discuss the best way to whack-a-mole. The mayor said, "Moles have no vision for the future of Lancaster. They should move to York or be whacked."
THE REPUBLICAN TICKET
As you know, the Republicans have refused to let me publish the “official” photograph of their ticket on this website.Another very nice reader has come to the rescue and sent in her personal picture.A drum roll please:
The Republican Ticket (Hey, she's not a professional folks!)
~ It’s Not Debatable ~
THE GALL OF SMITHGALL
Rick Gray and Charlie Smithgall will have their second mayoral debate tonight at at the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church located at 512 East Strawberry Street. I have a call into Reverand Edward Bailey for more information and will post it later today if available. The church's number is 393-8379.
This is the photo of Mayor Charlie Smithgall that this website will use from now on (and I think it’s a very good likeness):
MAYOR CHARLIE SMITHGALL
Why?Because the mayor had the unbelievable gall to make the pictures on his website unavailable to the public.Several weeks ago, in response to the Intell article, “Can Gray grab Hispanic vote from mayor?” I posted photographs of the Republican and Democratic tickets from both party’s official mayoral websites.Within twenty-four hours, the Republican ticket picture was gone and replaced with the following wording, “This website is attempting to use a copyrighted photo.”Well, excuse me.Now, when you go on the mayor’s website (www.smithgallformayor.com), and right-click on a photo, it says, “Sorry, that function is disabled.”I’ve never heard of anything like this happening in America.I can only assume the mayor is embarrassed by his all white, all male ticket.So, the above “photo” will be used from now on as I can’t use one of his "official" photographs and tomorrow I will post the new picture of the Republican ticket!Oh, my!And also coming later to this website will be more of the incredibly galling things the mayor has done recently (think “…Smithgall told him Messimer is indirectly responsible for the death of his brother, George Smithgall Jr.”)
WHY CAN’T I WRITE THIS GOOD?PART 6
“So the intelligent design case involving the DoverSchool District in YorkCounty went to trial last week, and as we might have expected it was every bit as entertaining as the Scopes Monkey Trial, in that it drove a lot of people ape.”
Gil Smart, “The economic case against teaching intelligent design,” Sunday News, 10-2-05
[Editor’s note:I have told Gil about starting his columns with “so” so many times that I am blue in the face.This has to be his fourth or fifth column in the last several months that he has begun with “so.”So, Gil, if you hope to move on and upwards and one day write for, say, the Columbia Ledger, you have to be more creative than this.Trust me.And who names their child Gil, anyway? Evolutionists?]