This is going to be short and sweet today. Tonight is just extremely, extremely important. The Redevelopment Authority is holding a public meeting regarding the proposed hotel/convention center at in the Southern Market Center. “Wouldn’t it be neat if they called this meeting to say ‘Well we tried but it is a no go, we can not and will not build this fiasco.’” A Talkbacker posted this under today’s Intell article “Convention center authority meets tonight; agenda unclear.”Yes that would just be about as neat as neat gets.Put an end to the hotel/convention center tonight.It’s time to take it off the table and move on.Please, just say “nay.”
(Promised stories on Mayor Smithgall and the Byrne’s unpublished treasure will come tomorrow.Please also see the “Breaking News” below regarding April Koppenhaver’s lawsuit.One quick housekeeping note – this website was not “up” for several minutes this afternoon and I am “late” in publishing because of it.This has nothing to do with me but everything to do with the webhost.This has happened several times this month.The webhost has a “support board,” very similar to the Talkback board, and several website owners have expressed frustration.To date an answer has not been supplied and we do not know the cause of the problem.Please be patient.)
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
THE JUDGE WILL RULE
Judge Joseph C. Madenspacher will file his ruling in April Koppenhaver’s lawsuit against the Redevelopment Authority tomorrow.This information came directly from Judge Madenspacher in a phone call today at Koppenhaver is suing the Authority over their proposed purchase of the Watt & Shand building from the Penn Square Partners for $6.8 million when the building is only valued at $1.3 million.
LANCASTER, INCEST & F&M
LOOK CLOSELY AT LANCASTER
There is a very important calendar note from Artie See at www.lookingatlancaster.com. “The postponed July meeting of the Lancaster County Convention Center Authority has been rescheduled for Thursday, July 28th 2005, [tomorrow!] at in the Southern MarketCenter.The Lancaster City Redevelopment Authority will hold a meeting the same day at in the Southern Market Center.These meetings will help determine the future of the proposed publicly funded hotel and convention center project.It is very important that you attend these meetings if you have any interest in this project at all.”
A note about the insurance guidelines to obtain sexual abuse coverage for the Lancaster Friends Meeting (Quakers) that are published below: the final sentence disturbs me greatly:“One person reminded us that there is a distinction between insurance requirements and how we as a loving community deal with these issues.”In the interest of children and in light of your history, I don’t think that’s wise at all, and the phrase “a loving community” raises my anger level very high for a number of reasons that will be forthcoming.
NO CHILDREN ALLOWED
I would not allow any child I know, or don’t know for that matter, to pass through the doors of the Lancaster Friends Meeting.In the upcoming weeks and months I am going to look at the families and the children I grew up with in Meeting and what has happened to them.Two items to note; one - not a single one of those children is now involved in the Lancaster Friends Meeting, and two – many of their lives approach the disaster that is the lives of the Holzinger children.I am going to look at how the Meeting has responded to the allegations of sexual abuse against my parents.And I will look at clerk Liz Gate’s quote in response to questions, “We do not support the sexual abuse of children.”
I am also going to look at what my parents have done since the allegation of incest has been raised – and how an anthropologist apparently thinks he can explain away one of his sons at 30-years-old molesting their 13-year-old son adopted from Vietnam and also molesting the teenage refugee they sponsored from Vietnam and also the fact that he has two never married daughters in their fifties. And that only just begins a very lengthy list of the physical and emotional symptoms in this train-wreck of a family. I will also print their letters.A friend said after reading their first one, “I used to think these were nice people, but now I’m afraid to drive by their house.”Indeed.My mother married a monster – but she married like kind.
FRANKLIN & MARSHALL AND INCEST
Well, the liberal arts college that gives out an award in the name of an incest perpetrator, the Charles H. Holzinger Anthropology Award, is going to charge students $32,530 in tuition for the 2005-06 year.That’s more than Harvard and Princeton.And what does Franklin & Marshall College President John Fry say about this?In today’s Intell article, “F&M degree carries hefty price tag” this is all that is reported, “But F&M students get what they pay for, according to college President John Fry.”There is absolutely no further explanation of this absurd tuition amount.Franklin & Marshall is also one of the wealthiest colleges in the country.Their ability to raise money might be one of the reasons they continue to give the Charles H. Holzinger Anthropology Award.They are working hard and counting on getting a large piece of my parent’s will.Oh yes, we’re in the big leagues now and it’s not always pretty.Not pretty at all.More to come on all of this later.
~ NELSON POLITE CALLS OUT MAYOR SMITHGALL FOR LYING!
~ COMMISSIONER SHAUB REALLY HAS GO TO GO!
~ WHY IS THERE SO MUCH HOUSE CLEANING NEEDED INLANCASTER?
“A LOVING COMMUNITY”
[Reprinted from the June 2005 Newsletter of the Lancaster Friends Meeting (Quakers).The link is here. ]
safety 1st – Laura Gibble presented the report of the Child Safety Committee, which recommends Meeting accept the minimum requirements of our insurance company, GuideOne, in order to retain sexual misconduct insurance. These requirements are:
● Obtain at least two references for all employees and volunteers, including FDS teachers.
● Volunteers must be known and active in Meeting for at least six months prior to working with children.
● Do a criminal background check and child abuse clearance for all paid and unpaid employees and all volunteers involved in overnight activities with minors.
● Two adults should be with a child whenever possible, or if one adult, then they must be in an open area or in a room with door open.If an adult takes a child who needs help to the bathroom, that door should be propped open.
● Develop written reporting procedures and a response plan.
With Meeting’s approval, the committee will now develop written policy and procedures based on these minimum requirements. One person reminded us that there is a distinction between insurance requirements and how we as a loving community deal with these issues.
FAREWELLS, BEGINNINGS & CORN
OH, THE BYRNE! – THE FINAL CHAPTER
“Council panel kills plan for parking garage” – Today’s Intell
Ted, we barely knew ya.Come back some day, Ted (you can always come write for me, you know).Remember you sent this email to me (it’s under the “Ted Byrne button”): "However this garage thing is resolved I shall go, like the genie whose job is done.... 'PFFFT!' back to that place where all the other unicorns, basilisks and manticores spend their quiet hours... And you won't have Ted Byrne to kick around anymore : - )"
I liked kicking you around, Ted.Come back and see us from time to time.Keep that “crystal glass garage” in your thoughts and dreams.Say “hi” to the unicorns, basilisks and manticores for me. And do, by all means, take care of that cutie, Rocco.Adieu.
THE MAYOR NEEDS A LIGHT BULB!
“City’s fiscal picture brightens” New Era, July 25, 2005
I am so disgusted by this article by John Spidaliere that I can barely type.Ron Harper of the website, 5thEstate, posted this on Talkback, “The reporter forgot one line:Paid for by Charlie Smithgall for Mayor.”Another said, “Here we go again and again.LNP promotes this Mayor for their financial gains.They ignore the facts.With this (LNP) company’s conflict of interest there is no way they can be objective.Only in Lancaster (maybe Philly) can corruption continue to exist with the masses taking no real interest.The headline is what the paper wants people to see.That is what sticks.Most people see the headline and assume the paper is truthful.”
DIM AND DIMMER
“He even stopped buying light bulbs for his office,” the article says of Mayor Smithgall.Give me a break.That is simply too absurd to comment on other than maybe it’s why he gets nothing done.And then there is this, “The city finished 2004 $6.8 million in the black.”Isn’t that the amount that Mayor Smithgall thinks the Penn Square Partners should get paid with taxpayer’s money for the Watt & ShandBuilding that is only valued at $1.3 million?The Lancaster Newspapers will do anything to get their puppet, Mayor Smithgall, re-elected.It is all really just too unconscionable. Let’s upset their apple cart (or maybe I should say, light bulb cart).The article and Talkback is here.
“Summer jobs, life lessons,” – New Era, July 25, 2005
. This story was mentioned yesterday under “Breaking News” below. The article says, “Summer jobs are a rite of passage for many teens,” and then tells the "inspirational" story of G. Terry Madonna, the very oft quoted F&M “political analyst and pollster.”Now the author refers to him as “loquacious.”This seems to be the current word of choice for the Lancaster Newspapers as I believe Patricia Poist used it several weeks ago to describe one of the Gib Armstrongs (or maybe both). You can believe that made me drop my fork.According to Merriam-Webster Online, it is defined as “full of excessive talk.”I couldn’t have described G. Terry Madonna any better.And the November campaigns haven’t even gotten in to full swing yet. Does Shooter (see below) have a muzzle he could spare?Better yet, I’ve lost Ted.Do you happen to have a very furry dog, Terry?
APPLES, BULBS & CORN
“Police go corn stalking,” – Today’s Intell
Finally, to add to this incredibly stupid headline, the article is just as stupid. A number of troopers and officers and a “scent-sniffing bloodhound named Shooter” searched a cornfield for a fugitive yesterday. The article quotes Allen Means, Shooter’s handler, as saying, “The challenge was following the scent on the upper leaves of corn because Shooter was forced to keep looking up.After an hour-and-a-half in that heat, Shooter’s nose was to the ground, and his tail was dragging.”
THE TOUGHEST PLACE TO SEARCH
“A cornfield is the toughest place to search,” Means said.The article also states, “Two state police helicopters hovered above the rows of corn.One of the helicopters was equipped with an infrared sensor capable of locating people.” No, they didn’t catch the fugitive, in case you were wondering. I do hope that Shooter is okay and they gave him lots of water.It’s just another day in the life of LancasterCounty.
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
“There he was, Terry Madonna, the Italian kid with the gift of gab. He was wielding a shovel, filling in a ditch dug for a city sewer line. He got the job because he went to the mayor and asked for it. He knew about politics, even as a teenager.”
“Summer jobs, life lessons” – Today’s New Era
See the story “Brainless” below.I need a shovel.
POIST, MADONNA & ARMSTONG
Regular readers (is there any such beast?) will recall that before the “old” site blew-up, LIP News was running the contest, “Does Patricia Poist Have A Brain?”The question has been definitively answered by her column this Sunday.She is in good company, however, as G. Terry Madonna, F&M’s oft quoted “political analyst and pollster” and Gib C. Armstrong, the state representative who does not believe in freedom of speech, don’t have brains either.
Last week Poist wrote at length about a possible “push poll” conducted by the Democrats that was complete nonsense.For once, for that story, she did not go to Madonna, an expert in polling.But this week, writing about Armstrong’s resolution that calls for an investigation into what college professors are saying in their classrooms, she does!And what does Madonna say?“I am not sure you need a legislative initiative to resolve the problem, if there is a problem.”Fire him, President Fry.This man is employed by a liberal arts college. I’m not going to say anymore than, “Fire him!”As for Armstrong, he and his father, both just have got to go.
OH, THE BYRNE
For the latest in the Ted Byrne saga, please click on the “Oh, The Byrne 3” button on the left.City Council will discuss this tomorrow and it’s the public’s chance for a real life Byrne sighting!Will he bring Rocco? Where will he park?Will he sign autographs?Can he talk as fast as he can type?Rest assured that LIP News will find out!