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    Posted on January 23rd, 2019 Becky 4 comments


         Ernie Schreiber, the former Editor of the now defunct New Era, once infamously called Commissioner Richard Shellenberger the “Angel of Death” because he opposed LNP’s convention center/Marriott Hotel.  If I recall correctly, Schreiber was forced to apologize for that.
        Today brought back all the original convention center/hotel stories and reminded me that someone has to tell the truth about the Steinman family and LNP and how they use their monopolistic “journalism” power to steal from and lie to the citizens of Lancaster County and to keep minorities out of any positions of power.
         There will be more to come on that. Today, I am just republishing the beginning of an article from this site from December 2012 when LNP wanted their property assessments reduced by 20% (click here to read the entire post). Sadly, the corruption and betrayal just goes on and on and on…



    **  I was reflecting on the convention center issue, and am struck by how pivotal a role Dick Shellenberger played.  He was the endorsed Republican coming into office, with more votes than anyone in recent memory.  A year later, he couldn’t get elected dog catcher.
         All Dick had to do was go along with his party, and the project would’ve been built and he would still be county commissioner.  But he didn’t.  Simple Dick Shellenberger thought it was wrong to burden the taxpayers, and he stood up to Gib [Armstrong], Dale [High] and the rest of his party — which meant his fellow congregants and neighbors — and found himself shunned for life, and broke as hell.
         To my mind, he was a hero – like Randy Carney; Ron Harper, Jr.; April Koppenhaver; you; and Molly Henderson.  And Dick paid an incredible price, no?
    From on June 5, 2011 (click here).
         Carter Walker who wrote the LNP article wasn’t at LNP when all of this went down – and even if he had been LNP would never allow him to tell the public what LNP did to Shellenberger because of their convention center/Marriott Hotel.


    *     Still waiting for the city to put up the rest of the video from last night. Who has the city hired and how much are they paying them to live-stream? They failed miserably on their first attempt!


         The live-stream of the Mayor’s Sorace’s “State of the City” address went down last night so I need to catch up and watch it when her complete speech goes up on the city’s YouTube page.
          That didn’t stop LNP! And sure enough, the Mayor got her speech “okayed” by LNP before she gave it. From their article there is this picture stating she met with the LNP editorial board yesterday prior to giving her speech. 
         This is not the way journalism is supposed to work and this is just more proof that there is collusion between the Mayor’s office and LNP and it is ultimately racist LNP who controls what goes on in Lancaster County and City!
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on January 22nd, 2019 Becky 2 comments

         The response from the city is below. This was my error in stating December 25th when the meeting was actually on November 25th. And apparently the city decided to play a ridiculous game with me sending me reams of paper that I had requested previously and received!
         So tomorrow I will send a corrected request along with a request for the applications for every business that received CRIZ money at that November 25th meeting as shown below in this post.  This CRIZ Authority cannot just go handing out $6.4 million of taxpayer dollars willy nilly! This just gets more and more outrageous! The state needs to be notified of this. This is absolute corruption.


    **     A quick update: The city is now stating the Mayor’s address tonight at 6:00 pm will be live-streamed on their YouTube page. The city YouTube page is here.


         From the December 1, 2018 LNP article, “Lancaster CRIZ authority’s $6.4M goes to Lancaster Square projects, stadium, etc.” (click here).       

    *    So how did the CRIZ Authority decide to give these businesses $6.4 million? What paperwork did these businesses have to submit to get this money  – including LNP receiving $531,183.15 more for their Marriott expansion?
         I put in a Right to Know request…




          Yes, Mayor Sorace is giving her “State of the City” address tonight. On the left is LNP’s headline online with LNP’s huge masthead in Sorace’s background. On the right is the article from LNP’s print edition with a different picture of Sorace.
         What is the real picture? Oh, they take of each other that’s for sure!
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on January 21st, 2019 Becky 3 comments


    From the LNP story by Jeff Hawkes, “Arrests for misdemeanors live forever on the internet. Should they?”          


         Well look at that! Hawkes actually knows journalists have ethics codes and he quotes from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)! I’ve also quoted from it often on this site.
         Is that the one LNP uses, Hawkes? Because if it is you are breaking it every single day. Well, actually,  you are breaking every journalism code of ethics in this country every single day!
         From the SPJ Code of Ethics (click here):

         There will be more shortly.  



         I am still in shock over yesterday’s disgusting LNP article. They have now deleted and closed the comments under the article because the truth was coming out!
         LNP reporter Lindsey Blest – leave LNP as soon as you possibly can! They have already taken a young woman straight from college and taught her not to questions the police or DA. Now they are teaching you that sexually abusing children is okay and not to thoroughly investigate a story. Run away just as fast as you can.
         They deleted this comment from Gregory Dow’s ex-wife that was briefly under the story on Lancaster Online and I am publishing it here:


    Posted on January 20th, 2019 Becky 13 comments

    **  OMG! I can’t believe this! What was LNP thinking? Did LNP reporter Lindsey Blest even try to talk to his ex-wife? She is the one who posted under the article below and she just posted the below on her Facebook page. What is wrong with these sick people at LNP?


    *      OMG! In October of 2016, LNP did a story by then reporter Ryan Robinson titled, “Lancaster County couple sells everything, moves to Kenya to build, run orphanage,” (click here).
         Under it there is a very long comment and it begins this way:
          Ryan, this may be a “feel good” story filled with heros & white knights for your readers but it is a nightmare story to young girls. I was married to Greg Dow for 20 years, we had 2 beautiful children. I loved him to the moon and back and pastored a church with him. We discussed going to Africa as missionaries. In the 90’s I began feeling something wasn’t right and started praying for God to reveal Gregs heart to me. In September of 1995 we received a call from the Airforce, our son was stationed in Aviano Italy and he had been injured. The Red Cross provided us with tickets and we arrived to find our son on life support. God answered our prayers and spared our sons life. By the end of October our son was stateside. He was a 6ft 1 infant learning to walk & talk. He aged about a year per week. He was sent to Walter Reed to receive treatment for his head injury. It was a traumatic time for us all. The following March my daughter shared with me that her father, Greg Dow had been molesting her. Our family wasn’t broken, it was shattered. Our sweet April who was 14 at the time just wanted to block it all out, pretend it hadn’t happened. I didnt understand until many years later why she was so quick to forgive. Her coping mechanism was to try to have a relationship with Greg, she just wanted to be normal. The charges were plea bargained down to lascivious acts with a minor child and Greg had to register as a sex offender. I watched from the sidelines as my daughter threw herself into years of self medicating and sexual promiscuity. When Greg went to Pennsylvania and moved in with Mary Rose I knew she had children and I began to have nightmares about Greg molesting other children so I did a little research.


         They got a few “rebellious” teenage girls to lie, he said, adding that Kenyans are “volatile people.”
    Gregory Dow quoted in the above LNP lead story in print and online (click here).
         Oh, my God! Send him back to Kenya to be tried. What a horrific, disgusting and poorly written story! What in the world? Send him back to Kenya! Keep him away from children! How awful!
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on January 19th, 2019 Becky No comments


        Yes, I see that Lancaster Online has finally done a story and I have a lot to say about it (click here for the LNP story and see the last week of articles on this site). But they were calling for the snow, ice, sleet and freezing rain event of the century and now it has been downgraded to a rain event.
         Sigh. But I have all this food I bought for the snow, ice, sleet and freezing rain event and I have to cook it – so I will come back to this tomorrow.


    Posted on January 18th, 2019 Becky 11 comments


         I am going to switch up this afternoon and come back to the citizen’s review board shortly. I have received several emails and phone calls (thank you!) about Karen Mansfield who is an Assistant District Attorney and is running to be the District Attorney.
         They involve an ex-husband with multiple criminal dockets. I don’t know when she married and when they got divorced, and thus, I am not sure how “responsible” she could/should be for an ex-husband’s actions. Further, there are allegations as to why she left the York County Public Defender’s Office. If anyone can provide substantive proof regarding these allegations, please let me know because they are serious and I certainly cannot publish them without very strong evidence.
          Let me also say that I have also received disturbing information about Assistant District Attorney Mark Fetterman who is also running to be DA and that information is being vetted.
          Oh, my! Stay tuned…


    **   The below is the “Factual Background” portion of the latest federal lawsuit against Lancaster County Motors, Inc. (see below).


    *     To catch you up on the Bacon v. Lancaster County Motors, Inc. lawsuit, there is a pretrial conference scheduled for January 25th per the below.


    *** BREAKING NEWS ***


         Uh, oh! Another federal lawsuit against Lancaster County Motors, Inc. (Click here for “A SHOCKING LAWSUIT!” and check back later for details.)



         Who is working on developing a citizen’s review board for the Lancaster City Police Department and where does it stand? Why hasn’t LNP mentioned this at all?
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on January 17th, 2019 Becky 4 comments



           Continuing Darlene Byrd’s comments and questions to city council regarding a citizen’s review committee for the Lancaster City Police on Tuesday, January 8th, she turns from councilman Ismail Smith Wade-El to councilman Pete Soto who chairs the Public Safety Committee as follows (to read her comments and exchanges with Wade-El click here):
    —  Darlene Byrd – Pete Soto, you’re in charge of the Public Safety Committee?
    —  Pete Soto – Yes.
    —  Darlene Byrd – Would your committee look into reviewing – could we come to your committee and tell you this is what we need to do? Could you look further into that?
    —  Pete Soto – I could look further into that.
    —  Darlene Byrd – Because…
    —  Pete Soto – I’m not making any promises now – please understand that. I will look into your statements and your comments and your suggestions. But I can’t say…
    —  Darlene Byrd – And if the DA says that it’s okay to have a citizen’s review committee to look at the complaints you would support that?
    —  Pete Soto – I’m sorry, say that again.
    —  Darlene Byrd – If the DA says it’s okay to have a citizen’s review committee, you would not support that?
    —  Pete Soto – Oh, I would support it.
    —  Darlene Byrd – Fair enough. Thank you. I can show you an email where he says that if you want to see it – now or after the city council meeting.
      Soto then says something [inaudible] about more information and Byrd asks what information and council president James Reichenbach steps in an says, “We can continue that conversation after the meeting.”
    —   You can watch the full video of the meeting here. There will be more tomorrow.



    (Click here for the District Attorney’s press release.)

         Perhaps Blanding Watson and the Lancaster Branch of the NAACP could help this woman through the legal system? She has been denied bail because “Defendant can flee to Ghana,” (see her docket below). Can’t they just take her passport?
         These stories are always so sad and complex and commenters on the DA’s and Lancaster Online’s Facebook pages are showing compassion and concern for her mental health. It is a wonderful thing to see. Step up, NAACP!

    Please check back later today.


    Posted on January 16th, 2019 Becky 4 comments


         I am doing research this afternoon, but this is a reminder that Mayor Sorace will be giving her “current state of the city” address next Tuesday at 6:00 pm in City Hall prior to the city council meeting that begins at 7:30 pm. Click here for the event Facebook page shown below.




           I am learning that the Lancaster City Police Department is referring minority citizens who are unhappy/have complaints about the police to the Lancaster NAACP because the police know they will not do anything. Do you have a response to that, Blanding Watson, President of the Lancaster NAACP branch?


    Posted on January 15th, 2019 Becky 1 comment

    & ROUND WE GO!

    Click here.

         This is all simply unbelievable. Stedman is not fit to be the DA let alone a judge! There will be much more tomorrow.


    **   An investigative grand jury will be utilized to hear testimony in the cases that fall under review. The grand jury does not have indictment powers, but can make recommendations on whether charges should be filed.
    From the DA’s press release linked to below. 
           Another grand jury? Unbelievable! They just got done with a grand jury that did next to nothing!
         As a friend said to me, “Stedman really wants to be a judge.”

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    Click here for the District Attorney’s press release.




         In a continuation of the coverage of last Tuesday’s city council meeting, Darlene Byrd turns to Councilman Pete Soto, Director of the Public Safety Committee, in her efforts to get a citizen’s review board for the Lancaster City Police Department.
    Please see the post immediately below and check back later today.


    Posted on January 13th, 2019 Becky 9 comments



    Darlene Byrd and City Councilman Ismail Smith Wade-El.

    *     Darlene Byrd’s conversation with Lancaster city council last Tuesday night continues below and picks up right after Ismail Smith Wade-El’s reply further down in this post.
         Her daughter and grand-daughter were involved in a mistaken identity police stop on May 12th of this year. She complained about and worked with council to revise the police complaint form. But she still has not received answers.
         Her comments do not end with this. She then turns to the head of the Public Safety Committee, Councilman Pete Soto, and continues. That will be coming…

    —  Darlene Byrd – I understand that’s the whole picture. But we’re talking about a civilian complaint form which is filed and goes through the Lancaster City process. I have came here and I went through that whole process and I took council along with me.
         It’s broken and it does not work and there needs to be a step. Maybe we don’t have subpoena power but there’s no reason and the DA has said – and if I need to bring him here I can do that – there is no reason why we don’t have a citizen’s review panel. I think that situation we went through would have came out a lot differently if we had residents hearing the issues that went down. And they have the right to know the same information that I got and decisions could have been made that were not made in our favor and what I think was justice.
         Like I said, I’m not looking for revenge. I brought this council solutions. I’ve seen and I went through the whole process. It’s broken. We need to take the next step. You already have that – the NAACP, you have Stand up for Lancaster – you have every committee come to you and say we need a citizen’s review board. So it’s time to take it to the top level and not say, oh, we don’t have subpoena power to do this. We have to start somewhere. We can’t continue to say we are not moving forward.

    —  Ismail Smith Wade-El – Ms. Byrd, I’m sorry that’s inaccurate because Lancaster Stands UP and the NAACP have concluded in their call for a citizen’s review board specifically to include the subpoena power and frankly, uh, uh, I agree with you that often the Lancaster City Police are out of line. That’s me as an individual council member but I also think that my experience with the District Attorney, as regards those cases that you can see in Lancaster Online or as case after case has turned out, has a very different take on what does constitute police misconduct than he may be letting you know.

    —  Darlene Byrd – Right, and I’m not disputing that. Like I said, we’re talking about civilian complaint form that is filed with the Lancaster City Police. There is no reason why we don’t have residents able to look over that information. You have one Sgt.  – Lopez that looks at the information, was hired by the police – who does not even report back to the complainee. We filed a complaint. He tried to justify what the police did. He didn’t investigate and do fact finding. He didn’t come back to us and say this is what we found out. That is something that this board could do that would not interfere with whatever the DA has said but would also give us some justification on what is actually happening with our complaints.
         We agreed that the form was wrong. We fixed the form but now the process is wrong. So what are we going to do – stop there? We’ve got to take the next step forward. If the next step forward is to come up with a citizen review board maybe [inaudible] DA said, the next step is where you are trying to fight for that subpoena power. But to sit back and let him tell us no and go no where – is not the answer.

    —  Ismail Smith Wade-El – We have not in matter of fact gone no where. I understand what you’re saying to me, Darlene, but that’s just not true because sitting in the room, the NAACP, Lancaster Stands Up, [inaudible], the police chief, the Pennsylvania – the State Human Relations Commission and the Department of Justice are working on this very thing and it continues. So, um, I just can’t – not even by me – but even by the work of all those people – can’t allow you to just say that nothing is going on because there is important work being done.

    1-14-19 UPDATE


         From the front page of today’s LNP print edition (left) – you can watch last night’s entire Martin Luther King Celebration including Pastor Amos Brown on the “See-Thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page (click here).

         Coming later today – more from Darlene Byrd!


    Photo of Darlene Byrd by LNP photographer Blaine Shahan and it accompanies the LNP article, “In the spotlight: South Ann Street activist finds hope in faith, volunteerism,” (click here).
          The below is the beginning of Darlene Byrd’s comments and questions to city council at Tuesday night’s meeting. Oh, there’s more – a lot more – and that will be coming. This woman is determined and wonderful!
         I was here two council meetings ago and I addressed some issues – about how many police and how much taxpayer dollars we are paying for cases in suits. And I think Mayor Sorace approached me today and said she did email me. Unfortunately I did not get to read the email but I did ask for a report from council to see – and I’m hoping that someone from council got that report – on how much taxpayers are paying for lawsuits.
         You know, we’ve been sued by the EPA and the police department has been sued many a times for misconduct and I would like to know what those are and if council had time to respond and get that message to me? Or are you working on getting that report?
    [City Council President James Reichenbach tells her to read Mayor Sorace’s email and that might answer her question.]
         The other thing I had asked too was about the two officers that were charged for domestic violence after we and the council and the city declared domestic violence month. We had two officers – what is happening with that and I had again asked council for their comments. I don’t know if you had addressed that or not?
         Also, as you know we are still looking at the incident that happened on May 12th. I did take the next step. I reported that to the DA and he is now looking into it. I am once again coming to council. I know that Ismail made a comment that the DA could not support a citizen review committee. That is not so. I spoke with him and I think he said he spoke to you, Mayor, saying that he would support a citizen review committee that would address complaints that were made to them.
         I am asking council what can we do to take that next step? We’ve been playing this game and fighting this game for too long! So what’s the next step?
    — Councilman Ismail Smith Wade-El – So, Ms. Byrd, to clarify – I have received a personal no statement on a citizen review board with subpoena power and if DA Stedman came to you and said he would support a citizen review board with the appropriate subpoena power then we would be having an entirely different conversation. But to date there has been no support for it – or – the DA has shown no support for a board or for actually giving that board the power to actually reach into investigations and collect evidence even when the police department or DA decide that information is behind closed doors – which for me is the whole picture.

    Posted on January 11th, 2019 Becky 3 comments

         This will be continued tomorrow. I am working on transcribing Darlene Byrd’s full comments to council on Tuesday and her interactions with councilmen Isamail Smith Wade-El and Pete Soto. It is extremely important and then I will come back to Blanding Watson of the NAACP. What is up with this man? He is unbelievable!


    *    The below comment came in and it is dead-on so I am moving it here. Also note that I have cropped the picture of Blanding Watson of the NAACP addressing city council that I ran yesterday above – and to his right – that is LNP reporter Tim Stuhldreher! Where is your reporting, LNP?
         This Watson is something else…he wants council to hold public meetings on a hospital closing if i’m understanding correctly. But somehow the very same people that pay city police salaries are not invited to attend or even allowed to participate in these secret “council” stakeholder meetings where police is meeting with these stakeholders. These 11 stakeholders and 1 citizen that meet every Monday at 10am to discuss issues in Lancaster should be named to the public. They’re making decisions and handling complaints of the city. Who holds these stakeholders responsible. This sounds so crazy! Its bad enough we got a crooked D.A, police, mayor & newspaper. City council also has some members that are in it for their own personal gains. Diaz asked the right questions. People ought to start asking a lot of questions and making a whole lot of noise on this issue.



         Is the U.S. Department of Justice meeting with the Lancaster NAACP and the City Police? Why hasn’t this been reported?
    Please see the story immediately below and check back later today.


    Posted on January 10th, 2019 Becky 8 comments


         At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Blanding Watson, President of the Lancaster Chapter of the NAACP, spoke during the comment period at the end of the meeting (click here to watch the meeting). The first very brief item he brought up was that he thought council should hold public forums on the closing of the hospital. Then he said what is immediately below.
         Following that he was asked about the NAACP’s Martin Luther King Service this Sunday at 5:00 pm at the Trinity Lutheran Church (click here for the event Facebook page). Following that discussion, Councilwoman Janet Diaz asked him several questions and that exchange is also below. I have some serious questions and concerns about his answers.
         They will come tomorrow along with what constitutes a “stakeholder” and more of what Darlene Byrd told city council before Watson spoke.

     —  Watson –  The second item I wanted to say in terms of what was discussed earlier with one of our stakeholders – Sister Darlene Byrd – had brought up some items about the complaint form and the police review board. Those are some items that I think we should probably add for the next community police relations council meeting that we have on a pretty much regular basis and those concerns we should add to our agenda because they are concerns of the community and that’s what I wanted to say.

    —  Diaz – Can you explain to me you were talking about the police and NAACP getting together. Can you tell me is that something that the public is invited to? Or is that something…
    —  Watson – Oh, what I was speaking to was we have brought in the Department of Justice and the State Human Relations Commission and also there are other stakeholders as well – it’s not just the NAACP – and we talk a lot about the police and the relation issues that are going on. Things like, for example, the body camera program, complaints – some of those things come up. The use of force policy and any other issues that may have been presented. And a lot of the items we had  talked about at the forum we had at Brightside.  Currently we’re dealing with an RFP but I was just asking for us to add some of those concerns as a part of that meeting. I think Councilman Soto, you even said you were going to look into some – I didn’t hear everything you were saying. So that’s pretty much what that was about.
    —  Diaz – Is that open to the public?
    —  Watson – Those particular meetings are not. Those meetings actually have the stakeholders and also there’s a citizen that’s a part of that. It’s a planning – pretty much a planning council kind of council for a larger picture.
    —  Diaz – How many members are there?
    —  Watson – Mitzi probably can answer that better than I can.
    —  Mitzi – It’s 12 people that are involved.
    —  Diaz – Are they [inaudible] of the city?
    —  Watson – Yes. We have also been looking at adding some more people to be a part of it as well in the future. [Watson looks at Mizti and asks “right?” She says “Yes.”]  This is from last year we were talking about adding more stakeholders of the community and also some citizens.
    — Diaz – How many times do you meet?
    —  Watson – Well we were meeting when we had all these issues that came up pretty much every week. [Mitzi says “every Monday – 10:00 am.”] We didn’t have any meetings last month. I didn’t attend the last meeting.
    —  Diaz – Thank you.
    —  Watson – Any more questions for me? [Laughter]



         There is so much to talk about. City Council met on both Monday and Tuesday and Darlene Byrd was there (yeah!) and so was Blanding Watson of the NAACP.
         Is the District Attorney investigating the two officers named in two lawsuits in less than three months for false arrest, perjury and assault? Are these officers still on the street?
         When will the DA inform the families and the public if Juanita Chevalier and Roxanne Myers had the same killer?
          When will the DA tell us what DNA says about Erma Kaylor’s killer? His race, eye and hair color?
         How was the last $6.4 million in CRIZ money distributed and why? And why did Charlotte Katzenmoyer sign a non-disclosure agreement and what is the status of MAW and LanCity Connect?
          And it is that time of year when LNP is looking for summer interns (see below). Shame on you, Ted Sickler! Don’t do it, kids! They have no journalism ethics!
    Please check back later today.

    Posted on January 9th, 2019 Becky 5 comments



    From “DO THE TESTS TODAY, STEDMAN!” on this site (click here).

         Who killed Juanita Chevalier and Roxanne Myers and why don’t we know if the same man killed both women? Why won’t the press demand an answer from DA Stedman?
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on January 8th, 2019 Becky 14 comments

    Posted on Christy Mirack’s Facebook page.

          Yes, justice was served and it is wonderful for her family and those who knew her. 
          But there are  a lot of other families in Lancaster County who need justice to be served. That will come tomorrow.



    (Click here)

          Is Raymond Rowe going to plead guilty to killing Christy Mirack in 1992 this morning?  WGAL thinks so. From the above story there is this:
          Family members tell WGAL that Rowe, also known as DJ Freez, is considering entering a guilty plea.
          The hearing is scheduled to take place this morning before President Judge Dennis Reinaker in Courtroom #8 from 10 am to noon.
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on January 7th, 2019 Becky 2 comments


         The below email was sent to DA Craig Stedman’s spokesperson, Brett Hambright, and the State Attorney General’s Office this afternoon. There will be more tomorrow.


    **     Are these two officers still on the street? Is the District Attorney’s office investigating them for perjury and assault? This is shocking and outrageous. In what world do these men think this constitutes police work?


    *     The “Factual Background” from the lawsuit of Damin Burnside v. City of Lancaster and Officers Timothy Sinnott and Jacob Bingham is below.



    Coming later today.


    Posted on January 6th, 2019 Becky 4 comments

    **    In response to a comment into this site (thank you!):
            On the matter of policing, I wanted to give you an update on some of the City residents who took the Police Civil Service Test Prep class organized at City Hall. We’re starting to receive scores back from individuals and generally they have been very positive. Just a reminder that City residents earn extra points on the civil service exam, as do bilingual applicants. We are most definitely going to build on our successes from this year and run the class again next year alongside our City recruitment efforts.
    From the mayor’s report to city council on September 25, 2018 (click here).


    *     The City of Lancaster offered residents of Lancaster City free test preparation in the weeks leading up to the test, which we will continue to offer in an effort to recruit and hire more City residents. Of the 121 individuals who passed the test, less than 5% were city residents.
    From the Lancaster City Police Department’s Facebook page on the swearing in of new officers this past Thursday (click here).
         This is not what Mayor Danene Sorace told a city council meeting several months ago. She sounded very pleased and stated the testing had gone well and a number of city residents had passed.
         Every city council member should review those test results and every stage of the hiring process. There should also be a citizen review board to review the entire process.
        The police press release goes on to say:    
        These candidates passed written and physical tests in September 2018. Based on scoring at the top of the list of testing applicants and in accordance with Civil Service regulations, the candidates were advanced to the next phase of the interview process.
          They went through a lengthy and exhaustive background investigation that includes multiple interviews with the applicant as well as personal and professional references.
           The candidates also submitted to a polygraph examination, psychological screening, drug test and physical examination.
          Really? That process didn’t work too well with Officers Jacob Bingham and Timothy Sinnott now did it? Please see the post immediately below this one. What the hell is going on?

    HARASS & ABUSE?Please check back later today.


    Posted on January 5th, 2019 Becky No comments


    (Click here)

          I guess it takes two federal lawsuits in three months for LNP to write a story about two officers accused of excessive force. Click here for “RACIALLY PROFILED – SHOCKINGLY VIOLENT” on this site for the first lawsuit against these two officers that LNP never covered!


    Posted on January 4th, 2019 Becky 14 comments

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***


         This is simply unbelievable (click here)! This is unacceptable and unconscionable. What is the racial and ethnic make-up of the city of Lancaster?

    **    And if LNP is that strict, why does managing editor Tom Murse have this prominent picture of Trump on his Facebook page in what only can be interpreted as an endorsement?


    *     Tom’s mistake: Nothing on the internet is “private.” But yes, everyone wants to know what was in the screenshot and does he have a legal case?



    Former LNP reporter Tom Knapp posting on Facebook about his being fired.

         Why is LNP slanting the news for Trump?


    Posted on January 3rd, 2019 Becky 14 comments
    •     In social media posts, our journalists must not express partisan opinions, promote political views, endorse candidates, make offensive comments or do anything else that undercuts The Times’s journalistic reputation.
    From the New York Times, “The Times Issues Social Media Guidelines for the Newsroom,” (click here).
         That is a very strict policy and it would seem their journalists should not have social media accounts or limit them to sports and their children. I don’t know what guidelines LNP has for their reporters on social media (they surely do not have a journalism code of ethics) and I don’t know what Knapp posted on his private Facebook account. 
         But to instruct reporters to write favorably about Donald Trump is also absolutely unethical and simply unbelievable.  And let’s not forget that LNP owner, Beverly Steinman, has donated huge sums of money to the Republican party and conservative Republican candidates for years.
         There will be more tomorrow.

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***


         Former LNP reporter Tom Knapp just posted the below on his non-private (formerly LNP) Facebook page.
         Sue them, Tom!


    **   I will ask again: Should taxpayers be paying for Marriott Hotel rooms for LNP?


    *    LNP opinion editor Suzanne Cassidy just tweeted today’s editorial (see below).  
          You are an absolute disgrace to journalism, Cassidy! LNP should be removed immediately from any legitimate news organizations in the state and the country!




          Today’s LNP editorial (pictured left – click here) and from, “REF speaks: The fall of Lancaster,” (click here).

         The hypocrisy and lies from LNP are simply believable! How about $5,100 for a yoga room and over $9 million dollars for rooms in a for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel expansion owned by racist LNP?  Om, no.
         LNP is a predator indeed!
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on January 2nd, 2019 Becky 1 comment
         [Editor’s Note:  I would like to thank F&M’s G. Terry Madonna and Michael L. Young for including me in their email list which they have done for several months now.  I am running their column today – not that I necessarily agree with them but I feel the topic is incredibly important.
         Thank you again, gentlemen, for recognizing this website!]


    That’s the number of separate federal and state ongoing investigations targeting President Trump. This number omits the dozens of civil lawsuits the president or his businesses are also confronting.

    Under this unprecedented scrutiny Trump is easily the most investigated president in American history. Nor is it ending. As Democrats take over the House, they will initiate multiple new investigations into all aspects of Trump’s personal and professional life, as well as his business empire. That will include his public policies, his business associates, his personal and professional staff, his campaign team, and even his charitable activities.

    To add to his woes the incoming New York Attorney General has pledged to open up an investigation into virtually all aspects of Trump’s life, including his vast real estate holdings.

    Not surprisingly, the president has confided to close friends his deep concern about the possibilities of impeachment. He should be concerned. Majority House Democrats now can impeach him since the power to impeach resides solely in the House–while actual removal from office requires two thirds concurrence in the Senate after a trial.  

    The U.S. Constitution spells out the grounds for impeachment: “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” In reality, however, impeachment is a political rather than a legal process, Hence the grounds for impeachment are whatever a majority of the House decides. Since the founding of the Republic, only two presidents have been impeached – while a third, Richard Nixon, would have been impeached and almost certainly convicted had he not resigned his office.

    In the first case of actual impeachment, President Andrew Johnson was impeached in 1868 on a straight party line vote – ostensibly for his firing of Secretary of War Edmund Stanton, a firing that violated the Tenure of Office Act. But the real cause of Johnson’s impeachment was political. A Democrat, he was following a more lenient policy towards the defeated states of the South after the Civil War. Republicans running Congress feared he would disrupt their tougher reconstruction policies. Nevertheless, Johnson survived removal in the Senate by a single vote.

    The impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998 was also rooted in policy differences, exacerbated greatly by Republican dislike for Clinton and contempt for his behavior in office. Ultimately, Clinton’s denial of an affair with a White House intern led Clinton into a maze of legal depositions and Grand Jury testimony in which he perjured himself. This in turn led to accusations of obstruction of justice, perjury and abuse of power. Eventually the House approved two articles of impeachment, alleging perjury and obstruction of justice. Clinton, however, was comfortably acquitted in the Senate.

    Any fair reading of history must conclude that impeachment has been a flawed tool for removing a president. Historically, from Andrew Johnson through Bill Clinton, it has not worked as the Founding Fathers hoped it would. (Although in Nixon’s case it can be argued that its threat brought about a necessary end.)

    Worse perhaps, we don’t really have a better constitutional method to deal with the constitutional crisis brought on by a failed presidency. Most analysts have concluded the 25th amendment will work only in the narrowly tailored circumstances of an obviously disabled president – circumstances that don’t exist in this situation. Nor do other constitutional remedies exist. We are not a parliamentary system so can’t remove a president with a “vote of no confidence” as for example the UK can (and historically has frequently done). And much to our credit and stability as a nation, we have no history of coups or other non-constitutional methods to remove a president.

    Consequently, the options to remove a president from office are few. Some sort of negotiated arrangement similar to that accompanying Richard Nixon’s resignation is possible – presumably with similar legal inducements that allowed Nixon to enter private life immune to possible criminal charges. But a Nixonian style settlement seems unlikely today since ongoing separate state investigations might still ensnare President Trump in a legal morass. Even more problematic, the enormous scope of legal issues confronting Trump extend to his family, making a negotiated legal exit a logistical nightmare.

    The remaining option is to allow Trump’s term to run out, abandoning efforts to remove him early from office. No one fully knows the implication of Trump finishing his term. But America in two and a half centuries has survived much worse than another two years of a Trump presidency.

    Moreover, he was constitutionally elected –and up to 40 percent of voters still support him. Unlike Andrew Johnson in the 19th century or Richard Nixon in the 20th, efforts to remove Trump early would leave the country even more divided and polarized than it is now. The costs to be incurred from two more years of a Trump presidency may be trivial compared to the costs of removing him.

    “What can’t be cured must be endured” is a hoary old maxim that nevertheless fits our situation. The problems of the Trump presidency probably can’t be cured – but they can be endured. We can’t afford the alternative.



    Posted on December 30th, 2018 Becky 5 comments


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    12-31-18 UPDATE


         What was blatantly missing from LNP’s 2019 wish list: A hope for a better relationship between the police and the communities they serve; increasing the diversity of the police forces, the courts, and the DA’s office in the county; and as per Ms. Musser’s wish below – a truly integrated and equal Lancaster.
          Yes, we still have to say that with the year 2019 about to come in. And sadly, it is the continued institutionalized discrimination and racism at LNP that supports and continues the blatant inequality and racism in the county. And the mayor, the city council and the community need to call LNP out on it now! This has been going on for years and years! It must come to an end!

    “A TRULY

    *    Another wish for 2019.  Wow! You go, Ms. Musser!


    From today’s LNP, “Wishes for 2019.”

         Can someone please tell me what this means? And what is blatantly missing from the LNP editorial board’s 24 wishes for 2019?


    Posted on December 29th, 2018 Becky No comments



    Posted on December 28th, 2018 Becky 2 comments



         I will be mailing LNP reporter Tim Stuhldreher,  who wrote both of the above stories, several journalism codes of ethics in case he’s never read one (and it appears he has not)!
    Please check back later today. 


    Posted on December 27th, 2018 Becky 32 comments


         Speaking of lawyers, can this be for real? The lead network engineer for MAW Communications (LanCity Connect) goes on Facebook looking for an attorney for his new business? Oh, I think he’ll need a lawyer alright! This is too much!
         There will be more tomorrow.


    **   Dr. Gerald G. Huesken, the longest-tenured superintendent currently in service in Lancaster County, announced his intent to retire from Conestoga Valley School District at the end of the 2016-17 school year.
    From “Huesken Announces Retirement,” (click here).
         Yes, this is who Barb married. And speaking of school districts, former Manheim Township School Board President William Murry’s lawsuit against LNP, including Barb, continues. On December 17th, Judge David Ashworth entered an order and the first part is below. You can read his entire order here. This is now over my head and all I know is these lawyers are making a bundle and LNP never went after Conestoga Valley! Hmmm…


    *    This email in my spam folder this morning! Oh, no! What will these crooks come up with next? They need to go back to grammar school!



         Did you notice the change in LNP’s masthead? Barbara Hough Roda got married over the holidays! So who is the lucky man and when will Barb finally retire?

    Please check back later today.


    Posted on December 22nd, 2018 Becky 4 comments


    From “What are the Benefits of Having Diversity in a Jury Panel?” (click here).

         Happy Holidays! LIP News will resume daily publishing on Thursday, December 27th.