There are a lot of things I would like to be writing about today.I’d like to be writing about Gil Smart’s column this week and abortion – and I will.I’d like to be writing about Chuck Pennacchio who was in Lancaster all day on Saturday.I’d like to be writing about a two-year-old who was critically injured by the mother’s boyfriend and the alarming reaction to it.I’d like to talk about the return of the “men’s rights” whacko to the Talkback Board (hint – “she’s” not a woman and he doesn’t live anywhere near Lancaster).But, I can’t - because the hotel/convention center and Senator Gib Armstrong just won’t go away.And, ultimately, it’s more important.So, today, I’m going to let the Talkbackers speak because they say it far better than I ever could.
“In other words, the headline should read, State Senate admits convention center financing plan is illegal.”
MOST DANGEROUS MAN
“He’s at it again. When the hoteliers raised a legitimate issue regarding the enabling legislation for our hotel tax, Gib Armstrong tacked an amendment on a Flag Day proclamation to alter the law and avoid a courtroom defeat. Now the County does the same thing with Act 23 and Gib wants to change the rules before it can be properly adjudicated. This is the MOST dangerous man in LancasterCounty!”
“It took a change in the law to allow the CC to begin with, let’s just keep changing laws to suit a few, nice move Gib...will never vote for you again.”
“If voters don't dump a significant amount of these elitists in this upcoming primary to send A CLEAR MESSAGE, then we are all cooked and might as well just mail them our checkbooks so they can do what's best!”
“They are all opponents. Gib and Sturla are the only 2 who support this white elephant. The problem is that they are all afraid of Gib and will not speak out. For some reason, that Refton hick pushes all of their buttons.”
“Will LancasterCity residents have a free night's lodging and dinner at the proposed hotel? We should, considering the fact that we'll be paying for the granite, cherry wood and other luxurious amenities.”
“Is a free prom venue for McCaskey still in the deal?”
HAPPY AT HOST!
“No, there is NO free prom deal for McCaskey on the table any more. That is because the SDoL , wisely, refused to agree to a special tax deal for the Convention Center. Oh well, I guess the students will be just as happy at the Host!”
“Nearly three hours of dog and pony, and not a single questioned answered from the Authority board. Nothing about spending, the destruction of historic buildings, the lack of cooperation of the board with a world renowned consulting firm, the mysterious PennDOT permit that will evidently appear soon (slick, Tom). Now, we read Sen. Gib has managed yet again to change the rules to suit the proposed center. People with questions about the viability of this project should be disabused of the idea that the newspaper is anything but a propaganda arm of this project. The three column, above-the-fold, full color illustration puts that illusion to rest for good. This was nauseating.”
“We’re beating a path to the Lancaster hotel and convention center!”
Call Harry - they're using onyx! WOW! Check back later...
~ Almost Screwed ~
DON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN
“Almost Screwed,” of course, refers to cocaine cowboy Harry Eng and is the latest T-shirt suggestion by the woman behind the brilliant “Got Onyx?” “Dirty Harry” and “’Snow’ White” suggestions.
JAM THIS THING THROUGH
The public is in danger of being “screwed” again, big time. Please attend the Lancaster County Convention Center Authority meeting today at at the Southern Market Center.This morning’s Intell says that officials will be seeking “construction bids.”Board member Deb Hall is quoted as saying, “It’s more of, ‘We’re going to jam this thing through regardless.’”She and two other board members told the executive director “there was too little time and information to properly review them before voting.”Chairman Ted Darcus could care less.Executive Director Dave Hixson could care less.They are PSP's puppets.
A Talkbacker posted this today under a different convention center thread, “The risk to the taxpayers is simply unacceptable, especially considering the paltry $10 million that PSP is willing to put up from their end. I have no particular problem with the convention center itself (although the astronomical $50,000 monthly retainer to High is one of the most outrageous cases of theft from the public coffers I've ever seen), but the hotel is the sticking point. It seems as if PSP is delighted to risk their measly $10 million as long as the rest of the hotel cost - call it $75 million for want of a better number - comes from the taxpayers.Let PSP put some real money on the table if they want it so badly. Otherwise they can go to h-e-double-hockey-sticks.”
PULL THE PLUG
This has reached the point of being outrageous.Stop the madness.Pull the plug.End this thing before the public gets screwed for years and years to come.
Again, the meeting of the LCCCA is today at 4:30 pm in Southern Market Center
PLEASE CHECK BACK TOMORROW.
~ And Pizza ~
There is so much going on that some items like Real Smart and Marvelous Marv will have to wait until later in the week so I can think up more clever adjectives for their columns than repulsive and idiotic.
“PIZZA MARKET PLACE”
“That’s because, according to private hotel developers Penn Square Partners, it would cost a family of four about $9.84 a year, or ‘less than the $10 average cost of a pizza,’ if the venture flops and the county is left holding the bill.”
“Center backers say risk low; critics not so sure,” today’s Sunday News
“Let the decision to move forward with the proposal, or to pursue alternatives, be guided by professional and impartial research, rather than merely by well-meaning, but unexamined, hopes.”
Commissioners Dick Shellenberger and Molly Henderson in a March 14, 2006 email.
Please go to www.lancasterfirst.org to read the entire excellent email quoted above which is on the left-hand side.Please also note on the right that there is a Lancaster County Convention Center Authority meeting this coming Monday at 4:30 pm in the Southern Market Center.This authority needs to stop spending one more cent until the PKF Consulting study is presented and they need to be investigated for how $16 million dollars of public money has been spent.
“I guess this is why the Convention Center people have asked for a waiver for the need for a traffic study.They know the outcome would be AGAINST a Convention Center because of the increased traffic on already clogged roads, especially in downtown Lancaster.How long are they going to continue with this charade of claiming to build a convention center when they have neglected to perform the basic requirement of a traffic study?According to news reports, a waiver request has been denied twice.Do they think the third time will be the charm?”
Posted under the 3-18-06 New Era article, “Clogged arteries.”
“I think Lynn Swann is Ed Rendell’s worst nightmare.”
U.S. Congressman Joe Pitts quoted in the 3-18-06 New Era article, “Swann says he’ll rely on character, ‘moral compass.’”
Is that a joke?Dream on, Pitts.Lois Herr is running against Pitts and last week issued a press release, a small portion of which is the following:
“Joe Pitts and his Republican colleagues have proven themselves incapable of spending our money thoughtfully or responsibly.It’s time for Congress to repeal the tax cuts for people who don’t need them.We’ve got to stop pork-barrel ‘earmarking’ – politicians should never be allowed to sneak wasteful pet projects into spending bills in the dead of night.And of course, we need to put an end to tax breaks for big oil and drug companies.”
You go, Lois! Please go to her website, www.loisherr.us, and send her your support.
“On another front, our legal fight against House of Representatives staffer Bob Nye and his ‘unclean’ website continues, and you can expect some shocking revelations in the coming week or so.”
So, who is in charge at PA Clean Sweep?Well, Diamond controls the website because he has the passwords, but the Board is saying they are in charge.What an amazing situation.A Lancaster County Coordinator for Clean Sweep, contacted yesterday by phone, did not want to be identified but said, “Diamond’s behavior recently has been disturbing.”The coordinator indicated Michele Diehl is now the Chairperson, not Diamond.
Bob Nye, of Elizabethtown, continues to post on his site, www.uncleansweep.com, and please go there to read the latest.We will see if Diamond’s “shocking revelations” comment above comes to pass as this situation gets really nasty and messy.Nye, who is being sued by Diamond, has been advised by his lawyers not to speak to the press at this time.
Finally, I would like to post something very disturbing regarding something people in Lancaster desperately need to discuss and work on – race.This was posted by a Talkbacker on a thread he started called, “Spent the day in LancasterCity!”:
“As my wife was getting out of her car, a very nice trio of black boys, 8 to 10 years old or so, were walking by, spitting big honking aggies on her car. …The scum walking those streets, all of those streets, makes me sick.”
PLEASE CHECK BACK TOMORROW FOR UPDATES ON THE MAYOR’S BOW TIE, CHUCK PENNACCHIO AND MUCH MORE.