Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Government of, by, and for The People

That is what Lincoln said during his famous Gettysburg Address.  Government of The People, by The People and for The People.  None of that applies to the Adams County Government.  Instead we get Commissioners' meetings scheduled while most folks are at work, so public input would be minimal at best, but these meetings bring the Commissioners,  reeking of the cigar smoke of backroom political deals, before the press and a few members of The People.

Here is what one local resident has to say:
"The current board of commissioners has spent over two years and over $400,000 on trying to re-locate several county offices and yet they do not seem to have anything to show for their time and [The People's] money. The project has gone  from  being  at  the former  St. Francis  building (purchased for $1.3 million) to 34 East Middle Street demolition and re-build with an undisclosed amount spent on that plan to a new construction plan for a new building by the prison in Straban Township. A contract to design and prepare bid documents was awarded in the amount of $395,000 for this Straban building, but the bids came back "too high". Now, having spent all this, a new undisclosed location is under consideration and the commissioners will not discuss/disclose any of the details. This is in clear violation of the Sunshine Act and somehow I have lost faith in their ability to make this decision on their own without public input."
We are not alone in claiming The Public Forum not welcome in Adams County. 

Now we are asking for a petition to be signed by The People of Adams County regarding the debacle that the decision on how to expand the County's office space has now become.

Please go to this link to read and sign the petition to the Commissioners. 

The Commissioners have a real serious problem with their wheeling and dealing in private, and not taking public comment [the Commissioners Meetings have become nothing more than a dog and pony show] And with the election a bit over a month away, keep this problem in mind.

[Update 10/1/2015 11 AM:  Apparently  the Commissioners have decided to make their decision on the office space expansion and then hold another dog and pony show-- I mean meeting -- for the public on October 8th.   Please go read and sign the petition.  This farce of a County  Government has to be stopped!]

Only new faces in the Commissioners offices will change this reclusive mindset.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Jim Getty - September 26, 2015

In person, and off stage, he was a kindly man.  He was a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, and went to the  monthly Navy Breakfasts at the Gettysburg Family Restaurant.  He had served in the Navy during the Korean War.   And sometimes, this humble man could be seen sitting on his stoop in front of his home.  He was every bit as fascinating off stage as he was on.  

Born in Illinois, he was a teacher in Ohio in 1977 when he decided to come to Gettysburg to "become" Lincoln.  It had to be a calling.  Born in the land of Lincoln, a strong physical resemblance to Lincoln, and connected to Lincoln by the name of James Getty, and Gettysburg, how could he not become THE Lincoln at Gettysburg?

Jim Getty was never elected President of the United States.  He never led the nation through its most trying time during a civil war.  But if you ever experienced one of his performances, you came away thinking that perhaps he could have done those things.  He was that good. 

Jim Getty passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2015. 

He will be greatly missed.  His fans are legion, and forever seared in the memories of countless thousands of people is Jim Getty's Lincoln. 

At Lincoln's death Edwin Stanton intoned, “He now belongs to the ages.”  So, too, does Jim Getty.

Jim Getty now gets to sit down with the Great Emancipator himself, who would likely tell him he did much good, and did it well.

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