~ I Confess! ~
I WAS THE STREAKER!
Well, folks, I need to keep this short today. I have to turn myself in to the Millersville Police. I am the streaker whom they seek. It’s a bad habit I learned in college. Half my dorm struck the parents as they pulled up to my college in their cars for Parent’s Weekend. I can still remember the faces of some of those parents! What a hoot! Did we get into trouble? Are you kidding? Nobody even came looking for us. It was just another day of good college fun!
This, of course, leads me to the hottest story on Talkback, the New Era’s Thursday article, “Women sue Millersville cops in ‘streaker’ flap” (click here). One of the last comments posted is this, “So, LNP – are you up for it? Let’s get some more information out there! What the heck is going on?”
Good question. Janet Kelley, the author, uses the phrase, “according to the lawsuit” eight times in the story and says “The lawsuit claims...” once. I’m serious. You can count them for yourself. So why not just print the lawsuit? Print it. Don’t run a ridiculous article with no information. Print the lawsuit. That’s what newspapers and websites do these days. It’s called keeping the people informed. It’s what we do. I will try to obtain the full lawsuit and run it since the Lancaster Newspapers with their hundreds of employees and millions of dollars apparently can’t manage to do it!
“'The freedom to teach in the best way (the professors) know how should not be circumscribed by politicians. …I have the deepest sympathy for the faculty here that you have to undergo such an unfortunate ordeal. And I would say to students: think hard about what you have here in these professors…they’re here for you.'”
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Roy Wilkins speaking at Millersville University and quoted in yesterday’s Lancaster New Era (click here), regarding Representative Gib Armstrong’s hearings on “Academic Freedom” to be held at Millersville in late March.
Please find a copy of yesterday’s Intell and read Larry Alexander’s excellent piece, which for some reason was not posted online, “Freed slave’s legacy lingers on.” What a story! What an important piece of American history! Someone needs to come in and do what the article says, adopt and preserve the property. “If somebody wants to do that, I would just say, ‘Hallelujah,’” Marie Congo is quoted as saying. We need to have her say, “Hallelujah.”
I wish I had more time to address Smart and Marvelous Marv, but it will just have to wait. I have to turn myself in to the police. Please click here for Artie See’s new article, “Preemptive Propaganda” and here for 5thEstate’s “Convention Center Authority FACTS.”
~ Marvelous Marv ~
FOR GOD’S SAKE,
GIVE US NEWS!
Every week Marv Adams, editor of the Sunday News, just keeps trying to give us reasons why newspapers are not obsolete. “Times and newspaper writing have changed. We don’t bring you breaking news. Chances are good you already know what happened. We try to tell you the why, the how and what it all means,” Marv says. No, you don’t. No, you don’t.
This week your front page, “in-depth” article on the Amish and healthcare was written by a Wall Street Journal reporter, for God’s sake! Give us some news! It was reported last week that 900 School District of Lancaster students are homeless. Do something! Write a story. Tell us how to help.
Two teenagers die within two months of each other at a public facility. How could this happen? Do an in-depth story. Tell us why the teenagers are there in the first place. Tell us the societal changes we need to make to help teens from having to go there in the first place. Tell us about the effects of sexual abuse on children. Tell us why two teenagers died within two months of each other. Tell us.
I don’t believe newspapers are obsolete. Quality writing and reporting will live on in a number of formats. In Philadelphia, “The Metro” a free give away at public transportation locales has taken off. It’s good. It has a little something for everyone. A concise run down of the top national and Philadelphia news stories, entertainment news, sports, happenings around town and a Sudoku puzzle! It has timely, well written information that people are seeking.
The lead local story in this morning’s Intell is an investigation by the Philadelphia Inquirer into the campaign contributions by slots license seekers. Why don’t your papers ever, ever do anything like that, Marv? The last time the Lancaster Newspapers did any kind of investigating was during the School District of Lancaster scandal and you were forced to by the 5thestate.com.
Do something, for God’s sake. If you don’t want to be obsolete, report the news. As I asked yesterday, why haven’t the Lancaster Newspapers run the full lawsuit of the three women suing the Millersville Police? If it’s “too long” for the paper, at least post it on your website. All papers these days, except yours, are offering this kind of information, whether in print or on their websites. This website printed the entire decision in Mayor Smithgall’s suit against City Controller R.B. Campbell and Judge Madenspacher’s full opinion in April Koppenhaver’s suit against the Redevlopment Authority over the sale of the Watt & Shand building. For God’s sake, why aren’t you doing that? Your job is to keep people informed. People want that kind of information and it should be readily available.
Do keep an eye on your columnists. How could you let a column like Anne Koenig’s “What’s the difference?” make it to print? (Click here.) “What is the difference between Andrea Yates and Abraham of the Bible?” The Yates case raises all kinds of important societal issues. Ms. Koenig, however, ignores them all completely and draws some crazy analogy that, I think, has most readers wondering if she doesn’t have some major mental health issues and should be seeking counseling. And Smart's column this week? The column you think people will spend $1.75 to read? I couldn't read it. I honestly tried to - three times. I couldn't read it.
In Marv’s first column, he promised to tell us all of the "newspaper secrets." This week we learn that a paragraph is called a “graf” in “newspaper talk.” I am so dumbfounded, I can’t comment.
For God’s sake, give us news!
Marvelous Marv – very, very white. Helen - white. Barbara - white. Gil – very white. Patricia - white. Please check back later – I’m counting….
~ LNP keeps it that way ~
LILY, LILY WHITE
It occurred to me the other day that if you picked up any of the Lancaster Newspapers on any given day, you would not know there were “minorities” in Lancaster. You would not know that a single Hispanic or Black person lived in Lancaster.
Thirty percent Hispanic? Find a local Hispanic person mentioned in the papers. Harder yet, find a photograph. Fourteen percent Black? Find a local Black person mentioned in the papers. Harder yet, find a photograph.
This is disgraceful. Marv Adams, the editor of the Sunday News, does a poll of his staff on politics and religion in today’s paper. What he doesn’t tell us is how many of his 19 full-time and 11 part-time employees are minority. I’ll call Marv this week and find out. Anyone want to place any bets? One? Two? Possibly (gasp!) three.
This flyer for Giant was posted on LOL Talkback. Unbelievable. How did this make it to print? Why didn’t they put Porterhouse steaks and broccoli on sale? Call or email Giant and complain (click here). I will call Giant this week for their “official” comment.
There will be much more on race and Lancaster coming shortly.
CONGRATULATIONS TO SHANI DAVIS!