Well, the Governor came to town yesterday.Does he make the front page of the morning paper?Hell, no!Chickens make the front page and Ed Rendell made page B1.
This morning’s Intell article on the Democratic Rally begins with the following two sentences:
“Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell made his case for re-election Wednesday to several hundred people in BinnsPark despite some heckling from about a dozen local Republicans.”
“Rendell headlined the Rally for the People concert, which attracted several hundred die-hard Democrats hopeful for positive Election Day results come November.”
Where’s the editor?We only need to be told “several hundred” once, okay?Once is enough.Where’s the editor?It’s repeated in the first two sentences of the story, for God’s sake!And where does the “die-hard” come from?If Republicans show up to a Republican event will you refer to them as “die-hards?”
The level of writing and editing of the Lancaster Newspapers is just slipping further and further into an abyss and it is disgraceful.
We have the same reporter, David Pidgeon, writing about the same upcoming event in yesterday’s Intell.His opening sentence:
“Gov. Ed Rendell, locked in a re-election battle with former Pittsburgh Steeler Lynn Swann, will headline a concert and rally for LancasterCounty Democrats Wednesday in BinnsPark.”
Further down in the story, he writes this:
“Rendell, scheduled to speak at 5:30 p.m., is as much as 20 points ahead of Swann in several election polls, and he has outraised the Republican nearly three to one.”
So why did you write the “locked in a re-election battle” nonsense?This is no “battle.”Where’s the editor? This is just terrible reporting, writing and editing.
And of course, the story about $1 Million in checks stashed in County employee Dave Straub’s desk completely disappeared from this morning’s paper.WGAL is reporting today that there were 200 uncashed checks in his drawer (click here).
Do you suppose it dropped out because of the Lancaster Newspaper angle involved in this story?Yesterday’s New Era article by Tom Murse said this:
“Straub was also know to have posted numerous comments – more than 3,000 since 2001 – on an Internet chat room operated by Lancaster Newspapers Inc.He signed his name to some of the posts, though it is unclear whether he was doing so from home or on work time.”
A “chat room?”Horrors!It’s a “forum,” Tom Murse and it’s called “Talkback.”Since, as a reporter you aren’t allowed to sign-up (remember Justin Quinn), and therefore can’t review his posts, I will tell you that many, many, many of his posts were made during “work time.”Why didn’t you check with the LOL Boss or Dave?They could have told you.
I will have more on forums shortly.As I mentioned yesterday, the internet and these forums can become addictive.On the Talkback board, after a person’s 500th post, they are literally given the title “Talkback Addict.”
Part of the reason they are so addictive, I think, is because of the information that is provided and the quality and the humor of the posters' writing.
A Talbacker pointed out a startling and worrisome sentence in this week’s Sunday News article, “Judge calls session on project lawsuit” (click here):
“I liked this part of the article: ‘If the construction payments need to be made before the money is available, he said, Sen. Gib Armstrong, 13th District, has $500,000 in state funding available in reserve, which the authority can have with 60-days notice.”
To which a poster replied:
“Why does something sound really wrong with this? And I don't mean in a 'can't be right' sense. I mean in an unethical, or a 'what the ----' sense.”
To which another posted said:
“Could it be the fact that it is all really, really wrong, in the sense of ‘wrong, bad, harmful and greedy without regard to existing reality.’”
Yup, that sums the situation up as well as can be done.
Coming tomorrow - what do the “Talkbackers” think of Representative Mike Sturla?Yikes!
“Straub was also known to have posted numerous comments — more than 3,000 since 2001 — on an Internet chat room operated by Lancaster Newspapers Inc.”
Please check back later today…
Eurytopic – what were you doing? (Or not doing)?
Wow! – A Judge meets and the Gov. Rocks!
Please check back later today...
~ Lindy Biechler, David Ludwig,
The Millionaire and Rent – A – Negro! ~
My Bananas are Black!
WAY TOO LONG
I am at a loss for words regarding the incompetence of the Lancaster District Attorney’s performance and that of his investigators.
As I am reading your program and reports on unsolved murders in the area I find it hard to understand what these men actually do to solve these mysteries.
In the Monday, April 11, 2005 issue of the Lancaster Newspaper the DA (Donald Totaro) was pictured with State Rep. Katie True during a ceremony on the steps of the Lancaster County Courthouse to make the beginning of Crime Victims’ Rights Week.He was quoted as saying, “Justice is not served until victims are.”
Well, when does he plan to begin serving those victims?
In the June 16, 2006 edition of the New Era, there was an article reminding us of the vicious murder of Lindy Biechler which took place in December, 1975.To date that case has not been solved.We were told at the time that the Vidocq Society had met with the CountyDetectives and were to have made recommendations on solving and closing this case.
The media was quick to publish this news and one detective was quoted as saying, “the motive is known” but he did not elaborate.He did however make the remark that “we are two steps behind.”
Another forensic scientist was quoted as saying “the killer should not buy any green bananas.”
Surely in this time since that meeting and all the publicity, there had to be recommendations made by the Society and still we see or hear nothing about that.What is the holdup?If they know who the guilty party is, why are they not going after him?
Many years ago it was reported that the local (Manor Twp.) detectives were quoted as saying, “We know who did it, we aren’t allowed to touch them.”
Who had control at that time to prevent these detectives from doing their job and solving this horrible crime?Is the DA politically tied to the guilty party and covering up this case?Whose pocket is he into?Who has him under their thumb?Strange?Not at all.Who financed his political campaigns when he ran for the office of District Attorney and who now will fund his next campaign to become a judge?
This man has no desire to solve this crime as long as he has personal desires and goals for his own career.Is this the kind of man the County will want sitting on the bench?I should certainly hope not!
Where are the answers to the meeting and what if anything does Totaro plan to do about them?It has been way too long now and this isn’t any way to treat the victim’s family or friends.
Make the man come forward with answers and solutions.It is his job!Do the taxpayers know what this man is really all about?A selfish individual who has nothing more than his own personal gains in mind.
The Bar Association needs to take a long hard look at Mr. Totaro’s work records and non-performance so that hopefully they will not include him in their final acceptance and decisions for candidates.
I have to question whether this is incompetence or corruption in the CountyOffice?One can lead to the other.
I will be watching the outcome of the investigations and your reports in the near future.
An anonymous email I received on August 17, 2006
Thank you very much for writing.Where is the follow-up, Lancaster Newspapers?Where is it Cindy Stauffer?Where’s the arrest District Attorney Totaro?Where is it?My bananas are black!
A letter regarding this case was published in the New Era on August 16, 2006 and a thread was started on the Talkback board on August 19, 2006.I can not link directly to their Talkback Board (what a hoot!) but the text of the post is reprinted here.
I will have much more on this case later in the week.What an absolute disgrace.Bring in outside authorities to handle this case.Investigate the DA and his CountyDetectives.
“Please pray: the official decision of whether or not to have a trial will be mid June. The District Attorney has political aspirations and knows that David's case will generate much publicity for the DA. We do not want a trial; David has walked with honesty all the way through and none of us want the media circus that David's case is sure to generate. The DA and the judge will make the decision. The DA has only personally held 2 cases in 6 years; David's is the second. The judge said that he would move David's case to a larger courtroom to accommodate the media.”
An email supposedly by David Ludwig’s mother and posted on the “Action Report” website (click here).
This is just strange and weird.I questioned this man’s credibility before when he was selling what supposedly were David Ludwig’s emails for $3.00 (click here).If you have an opinion regarding this, please send me an email.
Finally to lighten things up, this email in from my hero:
The LCCCA has scheduled a meeting for tomorrow at in the Southern Market Center.The a.m. is correct.This one ought to be good!Please attend if you can.
As noted this morning, bids are being opened today.A Talkbacker posted this several days ago:
“All of this, paired with the developer's fees High Associates have been receiving, plus the deductions they took on the empty building for seven years AND recouped when they sold the building to RACL, means Dale High gets paid to propose the project, design the project, solicit bids for the project, build the project, manage the project, and then own the project without losing any of his own money.”
Nice work if you can get it!
Is the dance over?“Just My Imagination” by Lanco Yokel is here.
This WGAL story never made it into the Lancaster Newspapers, “Police: College Employee Assaults Teen,” (click here).According to the Franklin & Marshall Employee Directory this would actually be Paul J. Martini who has the following listing: “358-4635 Martini, Paul J. ROSTheater Technical Director, Theater, Dance, and Film.”
This is the second professor/college employee in a week.I am going to come back to these stories shortly, but today I thought I would rerun “A Neighbor’s Insight” from the old site:
A NEIGHBOR’S INSIGHT
(I received this email on December 17, 2003, shortly after
distributing the Lancaster Independent Paper)
I received a copy of the LIP from my parents for reading.They still live in the neighborhood.I remember the Holzinger family from growing up in the neighborhood, but you are a few years older than me, so I really didn’t know you.The only memories I have of your family is stopping in while trick or treating on Halloween.I remember getting asked in for cookies.
I believe what you wrote really happened, but I must admit that while I was reading the paper I was thinking that this is unbelievable.Most likely I thought this because the neighborhood was a good one. It’s incomprehensible that something like this would happen in our back yard - and we wouldn’t have any suspicions.Since I had no real memories about your family, I asked my mother for her thoughts.She told me that the family was quiet, but since your parents were educated, she just thought that they kept to themselves.Her thoughts were that the children were brilliant and were busy studying.She did note that after high school, you and your siblings did not visit home very often, which was surprising to her.
Usually, after finishing a book or article, I go about my regular routine.But, for some reason, I keep thinking about what you wrote.For 40+ years you have been in turmoil and I hope that you can soon find peace and the happiness that you deserve.Being a mother myself, I cannot comprehend the terror imposed upon you.No one has the right to abuse their child.I assume it is too late for you to file charges against your parents.
I applaud your courage for speaking out!I’m looking forward to the next issue of your paper, especially “Charlie’s Story.”
Bid opening today at Do you think it will be High?
Floyd Landis’s mother quoted in yesterday’s New Era article, “Meet Floyd’s folks,” (click here).
I’ll pass on meeting his folks, thanks.
What kind of statement is that to make about your own son?If he’s not a “man of integrity” people can look directly at the two of you as the cause, Paul and Arlene.You raised him.Do you two have “integrity?”
No wonder he left.I would never speak to these parents again.
Go, Floyd, Go.Peddle that bike!
Yikes!He stopped for a beer!This from the official website (click here).
“ - Yellow Jersey For A Six-Pack Of Beer...
After Floyd Landis regained the lead of the Tour de France at the top of L’Alpe d’Huez he decided that he wanted a beer to celebrate the moment. On the road down to his hotel, his team car pulled over and the American traded a yellow jersey for a six-pack of beer with a spectator.”
GO, FLOYD, GO!
“A MODEST LIFE”
This article reminds me so much of my childhood and my parents that I need to calm down and reflect and put down my thoughts sensibly.So I will come back to this article at a later date.
Warning to the men’s rights nutjob – you might not want to read this or see the picture – it might send you right over the edge.
Today’s Philadelphia Daily News has the blaring headline “THE WAR ON DEADBEAT DADS – City’s child-support crackdown bringing in $200 million a year.”And yes, they have a picture of a man with his hands handcuffed behind his back (click here).
They even quote a men’s rights nutjob in the article!I will come back to this and the latest guise being used by these nutjobs not to pay child support – “equal parenting” tomorrow.
Have you hugged your kids today and told them they can be anything in life that they want to be?
“Becky promised me that she was going to post what names she has sneaked onto this board but I haven't seen it yet. I find it interesting that she spends so much time writing about this board and the posters and yet can't post on here herself! I guess that's what you do when you live in Philly and want to write everyday about Lancaster.”
Ron Harper, Jr. of 5thestate.com posting on Talkback last night
I have some things to tell Harper!
Check back later today…
~ Twenty Five Years Later ~
JUDGE, JURY AND EXECUTIONER
“Back in the 1980s, I think, I read a story in the LNP about a man who was impaled and police arrests and the suspects involved. Lord, I wish I could remember the details. Anyway, when I read it, something just seemed really off about the whole story; it was as if the newspaper was judge, jury, and executioner. I recall calling the paper and asking to speak to someone. Basically I was told, if I wanted the 'news' to be reported differently then I should start my own newspaper...”
Posted on the Talkback Board under Marv Adam’s Sunday News column last week, “A column is one’s opinion,” (click here).
“Closer to home, a similar racist attack occurred when three white men attempted to murder Robert Leslie Henderson, a 37 year-old Black resident of Lancaster, PA. The grisly, inhuman assault on Henderson, which left him in critical condition in Lancaster’s St. Joseph’s Hospital, has yet to really fire the ire of anyone other than Henderson’s immediate family. Certainly Lancaster police claim they are investigating the attempted lynching. Governor Richard Thornburgh’s office says it’s monitoring the investigation and that both the State Police and Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission have been instructed to stay of top of events involving the Henderson case. State Rep. David P. Richardson has raised as much storm as he can. He has publicly called on State Attorney General Leroy Zimmerman to conduct an independent investigation of the incident. As reported in the May 8, 12 and 15 editions of the Tribune, Henderson was held at gunpoint and forced to sit on the vent pipe of an oil tank for several hours. As a result of the assault by three white men, Henderson suffered extensive internal injuries and had to undergo a colostomy, the creation of an artificial anus for a bowel passage by surgical procedure.”
Posted on the Talkback Board with a link to a page on this site (click here) asking if this was the crime the above poster was referring to.
“That's the one, Kate. Thank you. That story stays with me all these years. I've always wondered whether the victim received justice."
The original posters response.
No, the victim nor his family ever received justice. And believe me, that story has stayed with me for twenty five years as well.
Interestingly enough, Adam’s column today is about a lynching and begins:
“I read in a recent newspaper article that a group got approval from the state to erect one of those roadside markers near Coatesville to remember the horror of the last lynching in Pennsylvania.”(Click here).
Well, Marv, there was an attempted lynching in Lancaster in 1981.But your papers have never mentioned that, have they?That story is going to come back to this website full blast in slightly over a week.But first, I am mailing copies of the Special Edition of the Lancaster Independent Press from September 2001, “LANCASTER LYNCHING – Twenty Years Later,” to the press, the mayor, the district attorney, the state attorney general and many others to ask why an investigation has not been done and arrests made.I will let you know exactly when and to whom they are mailed.
NOBODY KNOWS WHAT HE WILL DO
“This chick doesn't have to pay to go to the movies, all she has to do is close her eyes and she's right there baby, staring in her own.” -- Bennett J. Vonderheide
Posted on the Talkback Board yesterday by the men’s rights nutjob, “TerryP,” and referring to me.
L:et me get this straight – I am supposed to care what Bennett J. Vonderheide said about me?He, of course, is being featured in Ron Harper’s child custody “series” on 5thestate.com.
Some of Ben’s posts on Talkback are on this website under the story, “Tell Them Benny Boy Was Here” (clickhere).
Charming Ben also posted this after the mother of his child and another person were charged with making false allegations of abuse:
"I am concerned for my son's safety - nobody knows what she will do now that she is being exposed as a liar and fraud."
That is one of the lowest, sickest things I have ever read and there is not one shred of truth to it.And within a week of their being charged, Bennett J. Vonderheide punched the other party in the face several times.
So, nutjob, I could care less what Bennett J. Vonderheide thinks about me.I will have the promised story on Harper’s “series” coming shortly.
You talking about me, nutjob?
"This chick doesn't have to pay to go to the movies, all she has to do is close her eyes and she's right there baby, staring in her own. -- Bennett J. Vonderheide"
PLEASE CHECK BACK LATER TODAY…
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
“TerryP” has just posted a vicious, vile and extremely scary personal attack on another poster on the Talkback Board. It should be deleted immediately and she should be banned.Details tomorrow.
“Question for men: Ever hear a woman tell you, ‘Just give me a reason!’ or ‘All I need is an excuse’? She's telling you she's aware of her legal advantages, and that making her angry enough could provide her with just enough inward justification to destroy you with a false allegation. Simply making her mad could cause you to lose your freedom, kids, reputation, career, and finances.”
A quote from this website which TerryP linked to in a thread she started on Talkback on June 29, 2006 titled, “If you know she’s about to flip out on you, read this site.”
This website is happy to report that Ron Harper, Jr. has been found and has been released by the men’s rights nutjob.Read the first-hand account of his shocking ordeal right here later today…
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
Initial reports indicate that Ron Harper, Jr., editor of www.5thestate.com, has been kidnapped by the men’s rights nutjob!Please stay tuned for updates as this breaking news story unfolds.I’ll save you, Ron!
“This site is currently unavailable.If you are the owner of this site, please contact us at 1-480-505-8855 at your earliest convenience.”
Report documents epidemic of lying whores, the indications are, it ispandemic
(Posted as a thread topic on Talkback by “Sally” on Christmas Day, 2005)
Why this thread went on so long without my knowledge...I don't know. I am closing it because of the inappropriate title.
(The "LOL Boss" closing the above thread on June 30, 2006)
There is more coming later today on this.Also, my bananas are almost black, there’s an editor at the Intell who should be fired, the Lancaster Lynching story and more is coming.Please check back later…
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
“I've known for a while that Terri and Starling were sisters, but I respected their privacy.”
Posted on Talkback today by “BeingReal”
They’re sisters and they’re both named Terri! What were Mom and Dad thinking?
Have a great July 4th!
LIP News will not publish again until Wednesday, July 5th.
Yes, Starling, Sally, John J, TerryP, Angel and AngelT are all Terri Lynn Tersak and her husband, Stephan Thomas Tersak, of North Carolina. Her husband is also daddyg who turned into scrat and who is currently and fittingly, self-named “The_End.”It is the end.
Stephan Tersak, sure enough, lived in East Petersburg not many years ago and he has a tie to Representative Joseph Pitts of the 16th District in PA.Is that why the Lancaster Newspapers allowed this charade to go on for years?
There will be much more on all of this tomorrow. Due to work on an ongoing story, this has to be very short today.Please check back tomorrow.Thank you.
“But because her concern raising behavior escalated, everyone she demanded that we meet we refused to meet, including Ron Harper, because we believe she is disturbed and potentially dangerous to the safety of our children. Thus we choose to avoid contact with anyone she knows and she was already told that.”
“I will say to every rapist who will violate a child this very night with acts so unspeakable her mind will be forced to leave her body, your child may be mute today, but someday your child will speak your name.
The children will speak every single name.And as we take away the children’s secrets, we will take away the rapist’s power.”
Marilyn Van Derbur
PLEASE CHECK BACK LATER TODAY
SECRETS & OUTRAGE
Artie See has “The Secret RFP for the Hotel and Convention Center” here.Lanco Yokel is back from vacation and asks if he is out of line – here.No, you aren’t out of line – there is just so much to be outraged about.Such as yesterday’s New Era story, “The $50,000 mystery man,” (click here).I think one of the best responses to this article is this:
“I just think it's strange that Morris would be such a truth-hound over the CV sale, ready to question every penny spent and every word spoken, unrelentingly demanding that all questions be answered and every dime be accounted for faithfully, in the name of integrity and public trust....... and then have zero problems with anything related to P$P or LCCCA. It's like a cop writing a parking ticket in front of a bank that's being robbed.”
Due to personal matters, LIP News will not publish again today and the promised story on the Quakers will come tomorrow.Several weeks ago, a poster on Talkback said he wished I had some “solid evidence” of incest.Interesting.But sadly, I do.It’s my brother, Tom.So once again, I am reprinting the email from my former sister-in-law that led to the discovery of the very sad, "solid evidence."This is being reprinted from the Special Edition of LIP of December, 2003, INCEST – A Family Tragedy:
AN OPEN LETTER TO TOM HOLZINGER
On April 13, 2002, this disturbing email was sent by my former sister-in-law to all members of my family.In the space of two minutes my therapist found the answer to behavior that had puzzled and worried family and friends for years.Within two weeks, she would be proven correct, as yet another horrific Holzinger secret would be revealed.
As you may recall, one of the issues that precipitated our divorce was the fact that you kept bringing guys to have sex in my bed when I wasn’t there, and your insistence that you were going to have sex with your foster brother during his planned stay in our guestroom even though I was at home.It seemed to me that you crossed a certain line at that point.
Now another boundary has been breached.For Easter I went to be with my mother in Pennsylvania for a week, and I naively thought it was very nice of you to offer to feed our cat Cloudy during my absence.As you had once again lost my house key, I had another copy made and I gave you my trust.
I returned on Monday, and we had daily contact as we discussed Misha’s current trip.I had no reason to enter my guestroom until Friday, at which point I saw that the bed had been used.When I asked you about this, you said that indeed you had been there with a friend because ‘there was physical desire,’ but that you saw no problem with that.
Well, there are problems.Firstly, there’s the question of common courtesy.Why wouldn’t one ask permission before using someone else’s place, or a least mention it after the fact?Why do I have to ‘discover’ this stuff?Secondly, there’s the availability of thousands of places for couples to use in Montreal.Why this obsession with having gay sex in MY bed?Have you not yet violated me thoroughly enough?You are a sick man, Tom, and I hope that someday you get the psychiatric help you so desperately need.In the meantime, I need to rethink the influence and even role-model you are for our son, and how much overnighting he should actually be doing at your place.The fact that you hide your actions despite claiming that they are perfectly acceptable indicates a lack of judgment and serious moral confusion.
For years I maintained discretion with a notion of ‘protecting’ you, but you’ve shown that you have no such scruples.Hence this is an open letter, to which anybody is welcome to respond.”
“HARD-HITTING JOURNALISTS” IS HERE!(And then there’s Marv!)
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
I am filing a lawsuit today requesting an immediate injunction aimed at Mayor Gray and demanding that he never speaks in public again.WOW!Check back later today…
It happened in an instant.One day in the sixth grade I sat down next to a girl on the school bus on our way to MountvilleElementary School who also had her hair in braids – Cathy Reinhold.We would remain best friends up until two years ago.
Was it because we both came from terribly unhappy homes?Or was there something more?Of course she’s adopted.When I look it the mirror, I don’t see my sister Anne or my sister Emily.When I look in the mirror, I see Cathy.And when I look at Cathy, I see my father.
Is it possible that in the sixth grade, I met and became instant friends with my half-sister?What are the odds?
To be continued…
BECAUSE I REMEMBER TERROR
“Becky is using Blog Therapy because she can't afford regular therapy! The few dollars a month that she spends spilling her guts on her site beats the big bucks her therapist wanted!Currently, Becky is answering the quintessential therapy ‘starter,’ ‘Tell me about your childhood.’ I am thinking that we should make up a bunch of our Rorschach inkblot tests for Becky so that she can move on in her Blog Therapy beyond the childhood question.”
Ron Harper of 5thestate.com posting on Talkback today.
Harper, you are really, really getting on my nerves.Why do you pay so much attention to my “blog?”And you know nothing about me or therapy or incest.
If you want to read about the effects of incest, Harper, I recommend this book – “Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You” by Sue William Silverman(click here).As one of the reviewers describes it, it is “A woman's excruciatingly painful and explicit account of 14 years of incestuous abuse.”
Caution - it is excruciating and explicit and I could not read it.I read bits and pieces and enough to recognize myself in her book.It is brutal.Absolutely brutal.
Incest is brutal.
More to come later – tomorrow – back to the news.
A LOCK ON THE DOOR
It swirls around in my head to this day.It’s always been there, somewhere in the back of my mind.For years I tried to chase it from my memory and never chose to look at it.
It is a night shrouded in darkness and terror.
I moved into Holly House in high school.A tiny, former two-seater outhouse to the one room schoolhouse, it barely fit a bed.
Holly House had a lock on the door.I remember hearing someone approaching.I remember seeing that knob turn.I remember my father saying, “Beck, it’s your dad, let me in.”I did not let him in.
I didn’t comb my hair for three days after that.A friend finally said, “For God’s sake what’s wrong with you?Comb your hair.”On the third day while at school I noticed I still had my pajamas on under my clothes.
I remember seeing my mother the morning after.I told her I had been scared the night before.I told her I thought someone was out there.I told her I kept the Holly House door locked.
“How silly,” she said.“There’s nobody around here.We don’t keep the house locked.”
She knew.She was mad that I hadn’t let him in.
PLEASE CHECK BACK LATER TODAY
IS CATHY REINHOLD MY HALF-SISTER?
COMING LATER TO THIS WEBSITE…
My son asked me today "What did your parents do to you?" I can't tell you. It's too painful. I am so sorry. I tried so hard to be a "good parent." I had nothing to go on. Absolutely nothing. But do know that I tried so hard.
TO THE EDITOR:
Intell, March 2, 2006
A bill has been submitted to force corporations to disclose the salaries of their highest officials.
I like this.
But I am wondering whether this bill would apply to nonprofit corporations.
We have already learned the American Red Cross reimburses its highest officers at a rate that seems exorbitant.
As this family debates sending another contribution to assist the people of Pakistan trapped by an avalanche, it would be helpful to know whether, for example, to choose Oxfam America or Doctors Without Borders.
Some nonprofits give the salaries of their presidents on the Web site www.give.org.
Others just give an overall figure for their governance.
I am coming to feel I need to know the salary of its president before contributing to a nonprofit organization in the future.
Millicent B. Holzinger, Columbia
LIP News will not publish again until Tuesday, May 30th.Have a great holiday weekend and grill a dog for me!
(Other promised stories will come tomorrow.This is too important.)
“Psst.Do you know where I can find $13.6 million?
Did Harper kill a cat?Who is Kirk?Check back later today!
Young Gib is toast!Sturla’s next and then Daddy Gib!
Wow!Please check back later…
HOW DARE YOU?
“Imagine, her poor mother on mother's day and all Becky can think of is herself - she refused to call her mom!”
Ron Harper of 5thestate.com posting on Talkback yesterday about me.
How dare you? Really, how dare you? I have been in terrible pain for five years. Terrible pain every single day.I lost a brother. I discovered a family tragedy of huge proportion.I lost the love of my life.Incest has impacted everyday of my life since it began.
What have my parents done? Send me vicious letters, have my brothers and sisters send my therapist vicious letters, and mail me a package of six GPC cigarettes I might have left at their house over six years ago.Yes, it was their way of letting me know they would rather have me dead than have their reputations ruined. That is the truth.
My mother never did one thing for her children.She let her husband molest her children.She could care less about her children.How dare you?
All I can think of is myself?How dare you?My cousin June committed suicide because of the sick Holzinger family.How dare you?
There will be more on my parents and their letters coming to this site.
How dare you?
(Thank you to the posters who understood and I am sorry for your pain.)
PLEASE CHECK BACK TOMORROW.
THE BOSSMAN COMETH!
“Maybe we just like toying with you!”
Aha!The “bossman” has shown up to try and defend himself and I have another conspiracy (click here).I’ll get you, you big meanie bossman.Harper, you won't be far behind!Please check back later…
Please click below for today’s column, “Tell Them Benny Boy Was Here.”This is a cautionary tale about crashing and burning on an internet talk-board in just four days.These are all quotes by Bennett J. Vonderheide.Ben, you don’t have to stalk me with your video camera.I would love to be in your documentary!Heck, I’ll even buy the film!
Harper warns me that I am going to be an even more bitter and lonely woman than I already am.And he cautions that he has a trap set for me!Yikes!You humor me, Harper.At least I don’t call people serial fornicators!
Tomorrow it’s back to regular news and I will respond to these kind gentlemen’s remarks next week.We’ll also see if I fall into Harper’s trap.I’m always looking down now as I follow the money trail, Harper!“YEEHAW!”I’m just having a dandy time.Does it get any better than this?
It happened years ago to a girl I didn’t know well who lived down the hall in my college dorm. We called her “California Sue.” She was a nationally ranked swimmer.She had a big smile and a big laugh.I never knew her last name.
One day during the freshman year, in the first semester, she was gone.One day she was just gone without saying goodbye.We weren’t sure why.Maybe she had just been homesick for California, we thought.
Several months later, the truth began to come out.Her roommate said she had been raped in her room by a fellow student.The boy in the room next to hers said he thought he heard a scream and he felt guilty for months that he had not gone to her room.But it was early in the year and none of us knew each other well.
No formal announcement was ever made.The boy continued to attend the college.
In fact, he lived on the second floor of our dorm.After we found out, the boys in the dorm went and knocked on his door.They took all of his belongings and threw them out the window.They told the rapist to leave immediately and never come back.I don’t remember ever seeing him again.
We wondered over the years how she was.She did not stay in touch with her former roommate.She never corresponded with anyone.Every now and again we would talk about “California Sue” and that big smile and that big laugh and wonder if she was okay.I wonder to this day.
Click here for “The face of courage” by Larry Alexander in today’s Intell.
In today’s Intell, on the editorial page, there is a poll regarding the move to ban gay marriage.It reads:
“Do you support Rep. Scott Boyd’s bill to amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage?
To vote yes, press 1#
To vote no, press 2#
To vote dial toll-free 1-866-346-7655.Calls will be received until Friday.Results of the People Poll will be published Saturday.”
“ACTIVITY INSIDE THE CAPITOL”
PA Clean Sweep’s suit against Bob Nye of Elizabethtown and his website, www.uncleansweep.com, takes another turn with new allegations.Click here.
“How can we have peace in our world, country, and community until we have peace in our homes? A new subcommittee of Peace and Social Concerns is going to study this issue and look for ways we can nurture families within the Meeting. For now we’re calling it “Peaceful Families.” And here is an invitation to any member or attender who feels lead to join. Our first meeting will be Tues. evening, Feb. 28 in the community room at the meetinghouse.”
From the Lancaster Friends (Quakers) February 2006 Newsletter (click here).
Two days ago I received a press release from the Lancaster Coalition for Peace and Justice regarding their planned activities for the March 18th observance of the 3-year anniversary of the war.I published it here, but not before I thought long and hard about it.You see, my father is listed here, on the Steering Committee of the Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness. And, to be very blunt and upfront about this, if I find out that my father or mother attend, or are active, or involved in the planning of these events in any way, I will do everything in my power to derail them.Absolutely everything in my power.
Five years.Five years of not seeing the seasons change.Five years of barely surviving.Five years of praying to God I make it through each day.Forty years of pain.Forty plus years of not knowing why I was “different” from everyone around me.A family that was as far removed from “peaceful” as is humanly possible.The memories that are so painful I cannot give them voice.
Tomorrow, I’ll begin a new chapter of the incest story.