Sunday, June 08, 2008

GettysBLOG: Monahan out of control!



Local developer and egotist Bob Monahan, who breaks the law daily by illegally using a facsimile of the Great Seal of the United States as his corporate logo, is now asking the burghers of Hanover to use the law to put money in his pocket. This greedy man is trying to further develop the area around the North Hanover Mall and the Eisenhower Boulevard strip that houses the Super Walmart, Lowes, Bon Ton, etc. He wants to add more mall to the area, so he is asking Hanover to use eminent domain on existing businesses to develop Eisenhower and Route 94 into a road system capable of handling his expected customers.

This is why the supervisors in Conewego Township have been pushed to zone for a bypass around McSherrystown. Monahan wants his "good buddies" from Adams County to not have to ride the bumpy main drag in McSherrystown at 20 MPH, when they can sail around it on a smooth new highway, right through scenic farm country....until he extends his mall westward along the bypass.

We thought David LeVan held the title for greed and irresponsibility for the Gettysburg-Hanover area. No longer. Bob Monahan wins it going away.

Robber Barons
A disparaging term dating back to the 12th century which refers to:

1. Unscrupulous feudal lords who amassed personal fortunes by using illegal and immoral business practices, such as illegally charging tolls to passing merchant ships.

2. Modern-day businesspeople who allegedly engage in unethical business tactics and questionable stock market transactions to build large personal fortunes.

Monahan has bought into many of the businesses involved in the proposed new Eisenhower Boulevard road system. He is quoted in the Hanover Sunday Sun as saying:

"The properties that I have ownership in will fully cooperate in this process. [Eminent domain land taking] It's up to the other owners whether they want to cooperate."

Gads, he sounds more like Ming the Merciless than Ming did!

He has apparently invested heavily in the campaign funds of elected officials from both Adams and York Counties and their local leaders in the townships between Gettysburg and Hanover, as they are the ones who make the decisions on development. Apparently the Conewego Township folks have declined his backing, and are digging in their heels against the McSherrystown Bypass.

This petulant, greedy, egotist has already blighted the Hanover area more than one person should be allowed, and the Gettysburg area in retaliation for losing out to Kinsley Construction of York on the NPS Visitors Center. Now he has gotten back at Gettysburg and he wants to get more payback from Kinsley's area. Kinsley is constructing new offices along rural PA 116 between Hanover and Gettysburg. Anyone driving from Gettysburg will pass this new edifice on their way to the shopping areas in Hanover, York County, owned in whole or in part by Monahan, and perhaps even drive on the new McSherrystown Bypass, that will proably be called the Bob Monahan Memorial Highway, sporting the facsimile of the Great Seal of the United States, no doubt...after all, he'll get Federal dollars for his highway.

As for the burghers of Hanover, they need to remove their collective heads from where they presently are, and look around them. These folks are suing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania because they have been assessed a share of the cleanup money for the Chesapeake Bay. Then they authorize developments like what Monahan has done and is trying to do, even fostering it by considering the use of eminent domain [a wretched excess the discussion of which will wait for another day, but thank you Mr. Justice Souter, all the same!].

Look boys and girls, you cannot have it both ways: either shut down Monahan or pay the money, which, by the way, will increase dramatically with the new development of Monahan's that you apparently favor.

You cannot pave over huge swaths of farmland and expect there not to be a price paid by others "downstream". Heretofore the environment downstream, that is in the Chesapeake Bay, has paid the price in pollution, resulting in the killing off of much of the crab and shellfish fisheries in the bay. It's not dead yet, but it is dying and its death will affect us all. [Where will the Bay City Restaurant and store get their wonderful seafood if the Bay dies?]

So the Commonwealth agreed, along with Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia, and the Federal Government to share the cost of the cleanup of the bay. Since Hanover is ensconced deep in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, they are assessed a share of the cleanup. And the more they pave over, the higher that share will get.

Don't your taxes go up enough without that being added to them?

But your taxes are going up anyway. They will pay for the infrastructure to allow Monahan to build this new extension to his Empire of Greed and Revenge. He will reap front end loader buckets of money from this, and you will reap higher taxes.

Just say "NO", to the Monahans of the world. Enough is enough. And while we're at it, let's see the US Attorney take the action he should have taken two years ago and force Bob to strip the facsimile of the Great Seal of the United States off his empire. It is against the law.

CHAPTER 33 - EMBLEMS, INSIGNIA, AND NAMES

-HEAD-
Sec. 713. Use of likenesses of the great seal of the United States,
the seals of the President and Vice President, the seal of the
United States Senate, the seal of the United States House of
Representatives, and the seal of the United States Congress

-STATUTE-
(a) Whoever knowingly displays any printed or other likeness of
the great seal of the United States, or of the seals of the
President or the Vice President of the United States, or the seal
of the United States Senate, or the seal of the United States House
of Representatives, or the seal of the United States Congress, or
any facsimile thereof, in, or in connection with, any
advertisement, poster, circular, book, pamphlet, or other
publication, public meeting, play, motion picture, telecast, or
other production, or on any building, monument, or stationery, for
the purpose of conveying, or in a manner reasonably calculated to
convey, a false impression of sponsorship or approval by the
Government of the United States or by any department, agency, or
instrumentality thereof, shall be fined under this title or
imprisoned not more than six months, or both.
(b) Whoever, except as authorized under regulations promulgated
by the President and published in the Federal Register, knowingly
manufactures, reproduces, sells, or purchases for resale, either
separately or appended to any article manufactured or sold, any
likeness of the seals of the President or Vice President, or any
substantial part thereof, except for manufacture or sale of the
article for the official use of the Government of the United
States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than
six months, or both.
(c) Whoever, except as directed by the United States Senate, or
the Secretary of the Senate on its behalf, knowingly uses,
manufactures, reproduces, sells or purchases for resale, either
separately or appended to any article manufactured or sold, any
likeness of the seal of the United States Senate, or any
substantial part thereof, except for manufacture or sale of the
article for the official use of the Government of the United
States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than
six months, or both.
(d) Whoever, except as directed by the United States House of
Representatives, or the Clerk of the House of Representatives on
its behalf, knowingly uses, manufactures, reproduces, sells or
purchases for resale, either separately or appended to any article
manufactured or sold, any likeness of the seal of the United States
House of Representatives, or any substantial part thereof, except
for manufacture or sale of the article for the official use of the
Government of the United States, shall be fined under this title or
imprisoned not more than six months, or both.
(e) Whoever, except as directed by the United States Congress, or
the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of
Representatives, acting jointly on its behalf, knowingly uses,
manufactures, reproduces, sells or purchases for resale, either
separately or appended to any article manufactured or sold, any
likeness of the seal of the United States Congress, or any
substantial part thereof, except for manufacture or sale of the
article for the official use of the Government of the United
States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than
six months, or both.
(f) A violation of the provisions of this section may be enjoined
at the suit of the Attorney General,
(1) in the case of the great seal of the United States and the
seals of the President and Vice President, upon complaint by any
authorized representative of any department or agency of the
United States;
(2) in the case of the seal of the United States Senate, upon
complaint by the Secretary of the Senate;
(3) in the case of the seal of the United States House of
Representatives, upon complaint by the Clerk of the House of
Representatives; and
(4) in the case of the seal of the United States Congress, upon
complaint by the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the
House of Representatives, acting jointly.

-SOURCE-
(Added Pub. L. 89-807, Sec. 1(a), Nov. 11, 1966, 80 Stat. 1525;
amended Pub. L. 91-651, Sec. 1, Jan. 5, 1971, 84 Stat. 1940; Pub.
L. 102-229, title II, Sec. 210(a)-(d), Dec. 12, 1991, 105 Stat.
1717; Pub. L. 103-322, title XXXIII, Sec. 330016(1)(E), Sept. 13,
1994, 108 Stat. 2146; Pub. L. 105-55, title III, Sec. 308(a)-(d),
Oct. 7, 1997, 111 Stat. 1198.)
So, take out a dollar bill and turn it over. Compare the Great Seal of the United States to the one at the top of the page here. It is a facsimile, or a likeness of the Great Seal, and such use is proscribed by law as noted above. As a former member of the State Department of the United States, Emperor Bob should know better than to display a facsimile of the Great Seal for crass commercial purposes. He is not entitled to do so.

Just say no to Emperor Bob Monahan! Enough is enough!

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2 comments:

T.W. Burger said...

While I tend to agree to you on many of the aspects of "Monahanland," I have to point out that the McSherrystown bypass has been at various places on the stove for the past 10 or 15 years. As a reporter for The Evening Sun through the 1990s, I wrote more than one story on the topic.

Also, having read the section on the Presidential Seal, Monahan's logo, while certainly ostentatious, could not be confused with the actual presidential seal by any reasonably intelligent person. Knowing Monahan, who must have any number of attorneys on retainer for different purposes, he probably had the legality of the logo researched thoroughly.

GettysBLOG said...

Nothing surprises me any more, not even the proability that Monahan has been the driving force behind the by pass for that long.

As far as the Great seal of the United States, it is a close enough resemblance to qualify as a "likeness" or facsimile. Indeed, what I posted is a simplified version of what he has plastered all over his complex at 15 and 30. Drive by and you will look at what he has there and swear it IS the Great Seal.

And THAT is the point of the law. If it is a close enough facsimile to be taken for the Great Seal, it is illegal to use it for commercial purposes.