Saturday, November 29, 2008

New Poll on GASD Football Stadium

In a poll run earlier this year we asked the respondents to vote on doing nothing, rebuilding current Warrior Stadium, or building the new mega stadium the good folks at the Gettysburg Area School District Board have in mind for us. The response was clear: only 15% favored the enormously expensive new stadium. Now we have put up a new poll with another alternative: build a less ambitious, far less costly stadium at the high school, closer to the building itself and its locker rooms, and build it with an eye on expansion at a later date. In fact, why not ask the Penn State people who designed Nittany Stadium to design a less ambitious version for Gettysburg? They add to it every few years increasing their capacity 3-5,000 each time. They now vie with the Universities of Michigan, and Tennessee, and the Rose Bowl for top capacity in the nation.

Building closer to the school would eliminate the major threat to the wetlands on the school campus. It would also shorten the trip for those players at halftime. But that is not what the "Gang of Five" have in mind for us.

In a shell game the likes of which have been outlawed for years, they first decided to raise the money privately, and as they did so, their wish list grew bigger and bigger. So the prime movers ran for the school board and got elected, without saying they were going to change the game and force your already far-too-high taxes up even higher. The "Gang of Five", comprised of Pat Symmes, Andi Hoffman, Sally Michael, Todd Orner, and Dale Biesecker, did just that anyway, ignoring signs pointing to the economic slowdown many months before it arrived: development is almost at a standstill in Adams County and has been for much of the year; the Elks Club went bankrupt [for gosh sakes, the Elks Club!]; the Country Club went bankrupt; and gas prices got razor close to $4.00/gal at the pump. While this was happening, most municipalities were socking it to their constituents by installing enormous raises to their tax rates.

With all that staring them in the face, the "Gang of Five" went blindly and blithely ahead with their ever expanding plan to build a stadium bigger and better than the one at Gettysburg College, which they have been invited to share!

It is time for the "Gang of Five" and their supporters to get a dose of reality. Times change, and with changing times, priorities need to change. In this case, less is more. Less stadium is more preferred. No, that does not mean a $5 million stadium. It means, perhaps, put in a nice field, a track, and some stands, plus a concession stand and some public bathrooms next to the high school. Or, it means replacing the old bleachers at Warrior Stadium with new concrete and steel based structures and capping the home side with a press box and a coaches box, and the visitors with a coaches box. Construct public restrooms and locker rooms under both sides of the field, or at the ends of the field. That would not be cheap. But it wouldn't cost even half what the "Gang of Five" wants to spend of your tax dollars.

So, what's the advantage of having a grand stadium like the "Gang of Five" envision? Playoffs. Football, soccer, field hocky, track and field, and invitational track and field meets. They generate money.

So, what's the problem with this? Location! Gettysburg is NOT centrally located. It is very doubtful that the PIAA would select Gettysburg for a playoff game in any of those sports, except at the lowest, intra-district level, and then, only if Gettysburg High School warrants a home field slot in the playoffs. At that level, location is not that important because you are generally playing teams from nearby municipalities. The farther the team advances in the playoffs, the more essential it is to have a central location to play in. Note, playoff games are played in neutral locations, for example, Altoona and Hershey frequently host the eastern and western finals while Hershey hosts the State Championship game.

For the games Gettysburg would get, you certainly do not need an $8 million stadium.

Neither do the people who have to pay for it.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Eisenhower Home Decorated for the Holidays

Eisenhower National Historic Site News Release

For Release: November 24, 2008

The National Park Service invites you to celebrate Christmas with Gettysburg’s First Family at the Eisenhower National Historic Site,December 1 through 31, 2008. The celebration includes a holiday reception on Saturday, December 13, featuring refreshments provided by Gettysburg Tours, Inc.

The Eisenhower home is decorated for the holidays in the Eisenhower tradition with a Williamsburg-style Della Robbia wreath to welcome visitors at the front door. Inside the Eisenhower home, Mamie Eisenhower’s love of Christmas decorating is evident with mistletoe, wreaths, and poinsettias, while a candy cane-covered Christmas tree surrounded by presents brightens the living room. A life size Santa enlivens the casual atmosphere of the Eisenhower’s porch and gifts of sugar cookies and plum pudding arrayed in the kitchen await the arrival of the Eisenhower grandchildren.

The dining room at the Eisenhower home decorated for the holidays. Courtesy of Eisenhower National Historic Site and the National Park Service.

Christmas gift prints of the President’s paintings as well as the Eisenhowers’ specially designed White House Christmas cards are on exhibit. Some original decorations including a 1950s Christmas shadow box handmade for the Eisenhowers are also displayed. The dining room table set for Christmas dinner and the Eisenhowers’ Christmas records playing in the background add to the holiday atmosphere. Park interpreters are on hand to share Eisenhower family recollections of Christmas in Gettysburg.

The Eisenhower National Historic Site is open daily with shuttle buses leaving the Gettysburg NMP Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Admission is $6.50 for adults and $4.00 for youth ages 6 -12. For the holiday reception on December 13, shuttle buses will run once an hour between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The Site is closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

For more information contact the Eisenhower National Historic Site at 717-338-9114 or visit the web site at www.nps.gov/eise.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The "Gang of Five": Their Hands in Your Pockets

Once again the specter of an $8 million white elephant looms in the face of taxpayers from the Gettysburg Area School District. The actions of these five people: Pat Symmes, Andi Hoffman, Sally Michael, Todd Orner, and Dale Biesecker, "The Gang of Five", will be the cause of rising taxes going even higher. And if you believe the Superintendant's message that it will amount to a small increase, then we have some swamp land in Florida to sell you.

There is no other explanation for this than a bunch of overblown yuppies that went and got themselves elected to the school board to build an overblown stadium for an overblown school at an overblown cost to taxpayers who already are overtaxed.

On top of that, they are reneging on a deal that was originally struck to build a stadium without cost to the taxpayers!

So, we're are not about to have an $8 million tax bill shoved down our throats, rather we are having it shoved up...well, "let's hear y'all make a sound like a hog, boy!"

We are in a bad economy.

There are other options.

There are better options.

We are taxed to the limit with more coming.

It is a bad idea.

It's designed on ground that is a wetland.

Take your pick of the above. Any or all are viable and real reasons NOT to go ahead with the stadium project.

In an unscientific poll conducted here earlier this year 95% of respondents voted not to build the $8 million dollar stadium. That 95% was split between 40% not wanting anything built and 45% wanting a much less costly renovation of current Warrior stadium. Either way the respondents voted overwhelmingly against the project.

We think the renovation and upgrade of current Warrior Stadium is the best solution. Indeed, we are not against an improved facility for the young men and women who participate in sports. We are big high school football fans, and have been for a long time. But reason dictates that a more sane solution is available, preferable, more logical, and far less costly. That is the reconstruction of facilities at the current Warrior Stadium. Improved grandstands with locker room facilities underneath each side, public rest rooms, and a permanent concession stand would cost far less, result in a greatly reduced tax burden [since "The Gang of Five" mentioned above has forced the cancellation of the original deal. It would also provide a much nicer facility at the location where Warrior Football has been played for decades. Parking could easily be increased next to the home stands.

Water and sewer are already there. And no wetlands would be threatened or damaged. The lights are already in place. All that is required is the construction of two sets of permanent stands with facilities underneath, connection of the water and sewer lines, add heating and air conditioning, and the concession building, and extend the stands on both sides closer to the goal lines. The track can be maintained.

Common sense needs to take hold on the School Board. No one can afford the additional tax burden, and it certainly is not ethical or moral to take on such a burden when families in the district are losing their homes because of the economy.

Quite simply, "The Gang of Five" can accomplish what they should accomplish for far less money. Improve the existing Warrior Stadium and stop this dishonest effort to gang-rape the taxpayer's pockets.

Taxpayers from the school district should shower the School Board with letters of outrage. "The Gang of Five" could easily have put a referendum on the ballot for the election just held a few weeks ago, but they did not, because the gutless "Gang of Five" knew it would fail.

Gettysburg Area School Board, 900 Biglerville Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325.

Show up at the meeting on December 15th at the above address and bring coal for the Christmas stockings of the gutless "Gang of Five". Voice your displeasure at their "let them eat cake!" attitude toward taxpayers. Let them know you won't stand for their dishonest "game."

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Veterans Day: The American Idea, The American Ideal

Since uncounted and unnamed battles fought in the years before the May 18th, 1754 Battle of Jumonville Glen in western Pennsylvania, "Americans" have been fighting for America, for the idea of America, and for the ideal of America.

The American Revolution put a name to that ideal in July of 1776, calling it the United States of America.

Twenty-two years later the United States began a naval war with her greatest ally, France, to protect United State ships that were being taken from the high seas by French Privateers, and fourteen years later another naval war was fought with Great Britain for stopping US ships and pulling US citizens from them to serve on British ships. When Britain got the idea they could beat us and take back the colonies, they invaded, and captured Baltimore MD, and Washington, DC, burning the White House. They sent troops ashore in recently acquired Louisiana, where a future president defeated them with the help of Gulf of Mexico pirates.

People became more and more caught up in the greatness of the American Ideal, and in the late 1840s, fought the nation's first unpopular war, making short work of neighboring Mexico, all in the name of Manifest Destiny.

A dozen years later, festering business left unfinished by the Founders and the Framers, burst into a full rebellion that, when it ended, redefined the meaning of the American Ideal, and reinstated the American Idea of 1776 once again.

Over the next thirty three years the United States fought battles on the Great Plains of the American West and in the hills and deserts of the American Southwest, defeating the indigenous Native American tribes into deep submission.

In 1898, the Nation went to war with Spain to remove their influence and presence from the Americas, and in the process, liberated the peoples of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippine Islands from European Monarchy rule.

A brief incursion into Mexico to police the banditry emanating across the border into the US from there in 1916, gave the Army an opportunity to develop itself, to practice maneuvers, and to develop modern tactics on the eve of the First World War, the Great War. Presidential promises to keep us out of the war in Europe gave way to rising anger over the opening of unrestricted submarine warfare in late 1916, and the US entered the war in April of the following year. Much of Western Europe had democratized by then, even while retaining their monarchies, but Eastern Europe was a tangled web of alliances, and animosities between small states and large. The American Ideal had grown up and become a World Power. We entered the war, yet barely fought for another year, while the Allies fought the Central Powers to an exhausted standstill in eastern France, and the Bolshevik Revolution made a compromise with the Germans. But when we fought, we won. Belleau Wood was where the US Marine Corps earned the sobriquet "Devil Dogs" with defensive stands inspired by the words, "Retreat! Hell! We just got here!", and ferocious attacks inspired by a Sergeant Major's cry, "Come on you sons of bitches, do you want to live forever!" 360,000 casualties, 50,000 combat deaths and more from influenza and other disease totaling 118,000 US dead during the Great War. A high price for exporting the American Ideal and the American Idea overseas, but the price paid was there for all to see.

It ended in the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month of 1918, in a railroad car at the French town of Compiegne. It is the event that we celebrate today, 90 years later, initially named Armistice Day to signify the armistice signed in that railroad car, and later changed to Veterans Day to celebrate all the Veterans whoever served in the military forces of the United States.

Twenty Two years later Adolph Hitler accepted the surrender of the French government in that same railroad car, in the same town of Compiegne. The war in Europe went on for over two years before the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor sent us into the war the next day. Declaring before Congress that, "No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory." It took "our boys" three years and five months to roll back the Germans in Europe and four additional months to subdue the Japanese in the Pacific. This time the cost to export the American Ideal and the American Idea was much higher: 416,000 American dead.

Once again, the might of the American Idea, and the American Ideal provided the muscle and the inspiration to fight a two ocean war...really two major wars at the same time, and win them both, with major help in Europe from the British, Free French, Free Czechs, Free Poles, and so on, and the Canadians and Australians, and of course, the Soviets, and with help in the Pacific from the Australians, the Free Dutch, the New Zealanders, the Free Philippines Forces, and the British. Once again America fought to save free peoples around the world.

Five years later we went to war again to save a free people -- this time in Korea. Our Marines and the Army fought gallantly at places like the Chosin Reservoir, frozen solid in early winter. This time the price of the export of the American Ideal and the American Idea was 36,500 dead, and over 92,000 wounded. Another 8,000 were prisoners of war.

A decade later we were fighting again, this time to stop the advancing tide of Communism in a Southeast Asian country called the Republic of Vietnam. This time the cost was higher: 58,000 dead, over 153,000 wounded, and another 1,900 still missing today. That war was so divisive it kept us out of further conflicts for nearly two decades.

In the early 1990s, we joined forces with a rather impressive coalition and drove the Iraqi Army from the country of Kuwait in hours, not days. So superior in numbers, firepower, air strength, and technology were the coalition forces that the war was halted barely 100 hours after the ground fighting began. US casualties were light for this war, 148 combat casualties, 1 missing pilot, and 145 accidental deaths.

A dozen years later saw us back in the area, engaging the same Iraqi Army, but this time with far less superiority of numbers -- and this after we entered Afghanistan to root out Al Qaeda and the ruling Taliban. In Afghanistan, we have lost 534 dead to date, while in Iraq nearly 4,200.

There have been literally hundreds of thousands of dead in all our wars, including the ones before we were even a nation of our own, and all for the American Ideal and the American idea.

The American Idea that democracy benefits all, and is beneficial to all, and that it is the most free form of government known, and practiced on this planet.

The American Ideal: that all should enjoy 'life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.'

An idea, and an ideal worth fighting for, and dying for, and that has inspired Americans to do so for over two and a half centuries.

Remember them all on this day, at the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month.

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Friday, November 07, 2008

Latschar Named New Head of Foundation

Gettysburg National Military Park and Gettysburg Foundation Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent Named New
President of the Gettysburg Foundation


John Latschar to take over reins from retiring President Robert Wilburn


Gettysburg, Pa. (November 7, 2008) - Gettysburg National Military ParkSuperintendent John Latschar will be leaving his post on March 1, 2009 to become the new president of the nonprofit Gettysburg Foundation, it was announced today by the Gettysburg Foundation and the National Park Service.

“John’s vision and leadership are an important part of the successful public-private partnership between the Gettysburg Foundation and the National Park Service,” said Robert Kinsley, Chair of the Gettysburg Foundation. “John’s experience and dedication exemplifies the type of leader we are looking for as we continue to work with the National Park

Service to preserve Gettysburg for future generations.” Latschar was selected after a unanimous vote by the Board of Directors of the Foundation.

“Obviously, Bob Wilburn is leaving some huge shoes to fill,” said Latschar. “No one else could have taken the Gettysburg Foundation from a concept to the opening of our new museum and visitor center in eight short years. I’m excited about the opportunity to continue to work towards the preservation and care of Gettysburg NMP and Eisenhower NHS from a new perspective. My goal will be ensure that we continue our momentum, and to move the organization forward into a new era of philanthropy for the benefit of this and future generations.” said Latschar.

Working as a partner with the National Park Service, the Gettysburg Foundation raised $103 million to build a new park Museum and Visitor Center which has ensured the preservation of the Gettysburg’s museum collections and the Cyclorama painting. The facility’s 24,000 square feet of museum exhibits have improved visitor understanding of the significance of the Battle of Gettysburg within the context of the causes and consequences of the American Civil War. A final keystone to the project will begin this winter when the park and the Gettysburg Foundation demolish two outdated visitor facilities located upon the center of the Union Army’s battle line of July 1863.

“John’s background and perspectives as an army officer, a combat veteran, a Ph.D. historian, and park superintendent contributed to his success in addressing preservation challenges at both Gettysburg NMP and the Eisenhower Site in innovative ways,” said Dennis Reidenbach, Regional Director for the National Park Service Northeast Region. “The projects and partnerships he created have dramatically improved the park’s ability to meet its mission now and for the future.”

“It has been a pleasure to work with the dedicated park staff, our partners, and the community to create the new museum and implement battlefield rehabilitation to restore Gettysburg’s historic integrity and enhance visitor understanding of the battle. I’m also proud of our combined efforts with Main Street Gettysburg and others to develop the David Wills House, a National Park Service museum opening February 2009 in downtown Gettysburg about the aftermath of battle and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address,” said Latschar. “As President of the Gettysburg Foundation, we will continue to work with all our Gettysburg-area partners on the implementation of the Borough of Gettysburg Interpretive Plan.

Latschar has been superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park since 1994. He is a 31-year veteran of the National Park Service. Prior to his appointment at Gettysburg, he served as the first Superintendent of Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, PA, and in various capacities at the NPS Denver Service Center. He has been recognized by the National Park Service for his leadership numerous times, including being named Superintendent of the Year for the Northeast Region of the NPS in 1991 and in 2001, Superintendent of the Year for Natural Resource Stewardship in 2003 and for Cultural Resource Stewardship in 2000.

The Gettysburg Foundation is in the midst of a $125 million Campaign to Preserve Gettysburg, which includes the construction—now complete—of the new Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park. The Foundation’s broad preservation mission began in 1989 and includes land preservation, battlefield rehabilitation, artifact preservation and monument and cannon-carriage preservation. The Foundation has more than 30,000 members and supporters nationwide and internationally.

Current Foundation President Robert C. Wilburn will step down March 1. Wilburn came to the Gettysburg Foundation in 2000, after being President and CEO of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

“Gettysburg is one of the most important places in American history,” said Wilburn. “It has been an honor to work to preserve this hallowed ground and to excite and inspire the millions of visitors who come here each year.

With John’s leadership, Gettysburg’s future will be preserved.”

The Gettysburg Foundation, www.gettysburgfoundation.org, is a private, nonprofit educational organization working in partnership with the National Park Service to enhance preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg.

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Katie Lawhon
Public Affairs Specialist
Gettysburg National Military Park
1195 Baltimore Pike, Suite 100
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Sunday, November 02, 2008

"GettysBLOG endorses..."

Remember in November: GettysBLOG!

It is November. On Tuesday we go to the polls in one of the most important elections in our nation's history. We think there is far more at stake than in most other elections past.

Whatever your political bent, please VOTE.

For President: We endorse Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin for President and Vice President. We believe McCain's lifetime of service and experience gives him the resume to do what is needed to rescue this nation from the perils in which we now find ourselves. Economics, foreign wars, and threats from terrorism are posing dangerous situations that change daily. We do not want the nation in the hands of someone who has never been a mayor, governor, or anything else with executive or military responsibility. In fact, we believe Sarah Palin to be more qualified for President than Barrack Obama. Finally, we could never back a man who refuses to place his hand on his heart during the Pledge to the Flag, and won't wear an American Flag on his lapel because "...it is divisive, and an international symbol of oppression...". Pal, if you have that opinion of our national emblem, you not only do not deserve to be president, you probably should not even live here. Obama's third world upbringing has influenced his mind into a third world mindset. Such a person would lead us into the third world. No thanks. I'll take a war hero and a Moose shooting mother with values anyday over someone who harbors ill feelings about his own country.

For State Attorney General: No doubt about it, Tom Corbett has done the job; let's re-elect him.

For Auditor General: Chet Beiler

For State Treasurer: Tom Ellis

For US Congress from the 19th District: The Honorable Todd Russell Platts, friend of the Veterans, and a man of storng convictions that influence his votes. His "No" vote on the first bailout package was backed by common sense [who wants to go 700 trillion dollars into debt to Communist China?]. Todd Platts has supported the military, and the Veterans. He has made many trips to Iraq and Afghanistan, and reports back that things are so much better in Iraq now that the surge has worked [zero US military deaths in October!]. Vote for Todd Platts!

For State Senate in the 33rd District: Rich Alloway. We must retain Republican Control in the state Senate.

For Representative in the General Assembly from the 91st District, Dan Moul. Dan has done a fantastic job after the 14 years of ideleness from his predecessor. Dan is exerting leadership talents in the PA House and has gained a lot of respect. Dan is one of the true good guys. We do not always agree on things, but his heart, and mind are both in the right place. Vote for Dan Moul.

For Representative in the 193rd District, Will Tallman! The Republicans need his seat.

A note here: We are endorsing an all Republican ticket because of the belief that if the national government becomes all Democratic we will be in one huge mess from which it will take decades to extricate ourselves, and locally, we must undo the many ugly excesses of the Rendell administration. Rendell has abused the state's civil service employees, and ruined many good projects by playing games with the finances of various departments. He is also the man who brought you gambling, the promised benefits of which have yet to be felt. Frankly, he is simply a dishonest politician.

Finally there are two ballot questions:

The first is a bond issue for $10,000,000. The money is to be used for the preservation of land and water resources in Adams County. We go on record here of opposing this measure now because of so many unanswered questions about the campaign supporting the bond. Too much money was spent on the advertising to support it, and in the face of an invisible opponent no less. When a town hall meeting was called they consortium made two blunders, the first of which was not allowing an open mike on the floor for question...they had to be submitted in advance [which means they were selectively edited for content...that is, censored.], and they chose as their moderator one of the most pro-development editors around, B.J. Small. Two reasons to confirm our first impression when getting the expensive and slickly produced ads in the mail, sometimes three a day. No, this one is full of smoke and mirrors. Some consortium members may actually believe in what they are doing, but we see the possibility that money for the preservation of water resources in Adams County, which should also go toward the clean up of what has already flowed down stream into the Chesapeake Bay, could also be used for the construction of a pipeline to bring Susquehanna River water to central Adams County. What better way to preserve our water sources than to reduce the dependence on them? Also, in the current economic situation, even a small fee like $24 per year increase in taxes can have a detrimental effect on the tax payer, who is already overburdened by tax hike at all levels especially for a overblown football stadium that will emperil wetlands behind the high school. Vote NO on the Land Preservation Bond. Perhaps the consortium should try this again in a much more open fashion in two years.

Hand in hand with the local bond issue is a mammoth state bond issue of $400,000,000 for the "acquisition, construction, improvement, expansion, extension, repair, or rehabilitation of drinking water systems, storm water and nonpoint source projects, nutrient credits [bay cleanupo], and wastewater treatment plants."

All of the above is to aid in the construction of housing and commercial/industrial developments around the state. Your dollars will go for a new mall in Philadelphia, or a new sewage treatment plant for a new housing development out in Bedford...or right here in Cumberland or Straban Township. Again, economically, now is not the time, and we think much of the above should fall on the developers. They should foot the bill for ALL infrastructure improvements required by their new construction and development activities. [We bought our house almost ten years ago. It is no longer the same Adams County it was then. We certainly do not want our tax dollars used to make life easier and richer for some developers. We are not against development, we are against the massive development being forced on Adams County.]And, frankly, wqe cannot afford the additional tax burden this would place on us.

Vote NO on the Water and Sewer Improvements Referendum.

Conbsider your votes carefully on Tuesday. The fate of the nation, the state, and the county rides on the outcome. Whatever you do, make sure your VOTE! [But only once, please, for all you ACORN Registrants!]

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“Be steadfast in your anger, be sure in your convictions, be moved by the right and certainty that abuse of power must be defeated at every turn; uphold Liberty as the just reward of a watchful people, and let not those who have infringed upon that Liberty steal it away from you. Never loosen your grip on Liberty!" -- GettysBLOG

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