Thursday, March 26, 2009

Thank you folks!

Thanks folks for all you are doing and have done to help this worthy cause: the Wounded Warrior Bike Ride. Apparently the bad publicity and threatened boycott have had some effect on American Airlines who have restored 15 seats on the flight for Wounded Warriors coming up from Texas for the Bike Ride to Gettysburg.

But that still leaves 10 seats uncovered. Please continue helping by clicking on the Wounded Warrior Bike Ride logo on the right sidebar, which will take you to the donations page.

Thanks, you readers are fantastic.


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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Urgent Call for Help for Wounded Warriors

Folks, we have a bit of an emergency here. April 25 and 26, the Annual Wounded Warrior Bike Ride from Bethesda Naval Hospital to Gettysburg is scheduled to occur. Plans have been in the making for almost a year, and you cannot imagine the logistical effort to put something like this together. One of the plans for this year was a donation from American Airlines to foot the $7,500 cost to fly 25 of these wonderful men and women from Texas to Washington, D.C., and back again, just for this race.
Here is the emergency.

American Airlines has reneged on its deal.

Besides Boycotting American Airlines, we need to find $7,500 ASAP.

Here is the info on this year's race.








Please join our team - Gettysburg Grateful Citizens - in supporting the 2009 Face of America Bike Ride. This ride honors and actively includes service members who have been severely injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. World T.E.A.M. Sports (The Exceptional Athlete Matters) works with the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, The Semper Fi Foundation, Soldiers Angels Foundation and others in reaching out to and helping these severely injured service members participate in this life-changing ride. We will be riding 110 miles from Washington, DC to Gettysburg, PA on April 25th and 26th. If you would like more information regarding this project, please go to http://www.worldteamsports.org/ .

All costs for all service members, including able-bodied service members, are paid for by World T.E.A.M Sports, including outreach, handcycles, ride support, transportation, food, beverages, and medical support. The ride is open to ALL, including civilians and service members both with and without disabilities.

I invite you to join my TEAM and ride along with us, but if that is not an option for you, your donation to the TEAM will be greatly appreciated.

The link below will take you to our page where you can either join us or make a donation.

http://www.active.com/donate/2009FOA/SHartma109

Please forward this information to as many people as you can to encourage them to donate as well!

Thank you,

R. Scott Hartman
email: Scott Hartman
Coldwell Banker Bigham, REALTORS
121 Buford Avenue
Gettysburg, PA 17325
USA

Thank you Scott, for your service to this country, and to its Veterans.

Folks, please consider this: your emergency donation of a few dollars will help make a few days in the life of a Wounded Warrior become something special, and perhaps life changing, a positive step in their comeback and rehabilitation from combat related amputations and paralyzations. These men and women gave their all for all of us. Let's spare them a little something in return.

Thank you.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Gettysburg Park’s Summer Visiting Hours Begin April 1

National Park Service
Department of the Interior
Gettysburg National Military Park

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

Gettysburg National Military Park News Release:

Gettysburg Park’s Summer Visiting Hours Begin April 1

Beginning April 1, 2009, Gettysburg National Military Park will change to its summer visiting hours. The grounds of the battlefield will stay open to the public from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily. Summer visiting hours will continue through October 31. For more information about visiting the park go to www.nps.gov/gett or www.gettysburgfoundation.

-NPS-

Experience Your America

The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.

Thanks Katie!

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

DR: Commentary on the Culture of Corruption

From our friends at Democracy Rising:

Commentary on the Culture of Corruption
by Tim Potts

This week began with a bang. In arguably the most corrupt state government in America, federal prosecutors convicted former state Sen. Vince Fumo, D-Phila., of 137 counts of public corruption involving $3.5 million. Then there was the release of emails that implicate House Democratic Whip Bill DeWeese, D-Greene, in the ongoing Bonus Scandal.

Earlier in this already early year:
  • Federal prosecutors obtained guilty pleas from two Luzerne County judges for taking $2.6 million in kickbacks from privately operated juvenile jails. The judges were bounty hunters trading kids for cash.

  • Federal prosecutors sentenced a former Superior Court Judge Michael Joyce for bilking two insurance companies out of $440,000. He claimed fictitious injuries from a slow-speed car accident.
  • It is part of the culture of corruption that three of the four outrages recited above resulted from federal prosecutions, not from the efforts of the state's attorney general or the governor or PA's Supreme Court. In fact, were it not for DeWeese's stunningly stupid letter in 2006 telling bonus recipients not to tell anyone about the bonuses, it's likely that no one would have been prosecuted for the Bonus Scandal.

    Crossing the line that divides the good from the bad is particularly a problem of the legislature. In the legislature, by its very nature, nearly everything is political. Nearly everything has implications for ideologies and allegiances, whether to political parties or to the variety of interests that support and oppose every issue. Each of the thousands of votes a lawmaker casts has some political aspect to it.

    So it's easy to lose the distinction between politicking on the taxpayer's dime, which is legal and inevitable, and campaigning on the taxpayer's dime, which is illegal and avoidable. You can see it coming when a new lawmaker first declares, "It's all politics. What's the difference?"

    DeWeese's email exchange proves the point. Karen Steiner, a House Democratic researcher, got a $1,000 bonus in 2004 and a $15,000 bonus in 2006. After the 2004 bonus, she emailed DeWeese, "I can't thank you enough for the bonus for campaigning. I am speechless as most of us are." To which DeWeese replied, "UR welcome."

    DeWeese continues to deny knowledge of the illegal bonus scheme, but that does not explain why Steiner thought that her bonus was for campaigning or why she thought DeWeese was the leader to thank. If, as DeWeese contends, former Democratic Whip Mike Veon, D-Beaver, was the Darth Vader of illegal campaigning, why didn't Steiner know it and thank Veon?

    Nor does it excuse DeWeese's failure to reply, "That bonus was for your work for the legislature, not for campaigning." Except, of course, that it was for campaigning, and everyone knew it.

    This conspiracy of silence is a significant part of the culture of corruption in the capitol. It takes many forms, and it explains a lot.

    There are at least 150 lawmakers who know how the slots gambling law of 2004 really happened; at least 150 lawmakers know how the Pay Raise of 2005 really happened; at least 150 lawmakers know how every awful thing has happened in recent years. None of them has found it worthwhile to inform the citizens they serve.

    Even those who escape the temptation to campaign with tax dollars, and there are a few, know that everyone else does it. But they remain silent because of the unwritten rule in the capitol: "When you do something good, do it quietly so that you don't make other lawmakers look bad." In the capitol, they're pro-choice on corruption.

    When the Senate passed more than a dozen improvements to public integrity last session, they died in the House partly to prevent their actual enactment but also partly because House leaders resented the Senate for making the House look bad. As if the House needs the Senate to do that.

    In the capitol, acts of theft like the pay raise are celebrated and rewarded while acts of integrity are denigrated and punished. After the pay raise vote, then Minority Leader DeWeese demoted 16 committee chairs and subcommittee chairs who had the integrity, not to mention the common sense, to vote against the pay raise.

    Fumo-gate should fumigate the capitol. The Bonus Scandal should give citizens a bonus of integrity that will make PA a destination for businesses and people, not a place to flee to escape the high costs of corruption.

    We need clear, tough laws, not fuzzy, puny rules. We need vigorous enforcement, not a wink and a nod.

    As Democracy Rising PA has said since 2004, PA citizens deserve the highest standards of public integrity in America. Obviously, the current crop of lawmakers is determined not to do that for us.

    The question now for citizens and media is whether we are more determined to change the culture of corruption than lawmakers are to keep it.

    Spread the word and help us grow the Local Eyes network.
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    Thanks Tim!

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    Monday, March 16, 2009

    Union Mills Hosts April Breakfast!

    This note just in from our friends down at Union Mills. If you've never been there, or never taken the time to stop in and look around, you are missing something pretty special. Go. Visit. Take a step back 150 years in time. Visit Union Mills, just a few miles down Route 97 from Littlestown.

    UNION MILLS HOMESTEAD
    3311 LITTLESTOWN PIKE
    WESTMINSTER, MD. 21158
    410-848-2288

    Name of Event: All You Can Eat PANCAKE BREAKFAST

    Date: Saturday, April 25, 2009

    Time: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

    Place: Union Mills Homestead
    3311 Littlestown Pike
    Westminster, Maryland 21158

    Phone # 410-848-2288

    The Union Mills Homestead will host a PANCAKE BREAKFAST, SATURDAY, April 25, 2009, 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The breakfast will be held in the Tannery building on the grounds of the Union Mills Homestead. The historic Shriver Grist Mill will provide the fresh stoneground flours for making: Buckwheat, Cornmeal, and Wholewheat pancakes. Also being served is: country sausage, applesauce, juice and coffee. And, it is ALL YOU CAN EAT. The price is $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for children 6 – 12 years old.

    The Union Mills Homestead is located on Rt. 97, 7 miles north of Westminster, Maryland. For more information, call 410-848-2288.

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