Special Meeting Was Held

On Wednesday, the 20th of May, a special meeting was held and I'm getting my info from an article in Thursdays Bradford Era as I was in a motel near Dunkirk NY working.

It was setup so that the primary election would be over and the vacancy board could then appoint a supervisor to fill the vacancy of Joni Britton's resignation. The Board, made up of Dale Howard and Supervisors Trussell and Okerlund unanimously appointed Myers to the vacancy as he had won the republican nomination for a six year term. According to the article, Mr. Myers says there are issues, such as blight, that he thinks need to be addressed. Congratulations to Mr. Myers. We'll see.

Also at the meeting, at least to me, was a somewhat disturbing happening about an ordinance for the community park. Trussell said "section 5 of the ordinance will be changed to allow possession of a firearm in the park, although no guns or bows will be allowed to be discharged within it". What? These supervisors don't/can't even enforce the ordinances they already have on the books, how are they going to enforce one that explicitly allows firearms in a public park. Is one of them going to be at the park dusk to dawn?

And what if someone is hurt or killed with a gun while in the park, can the Township be named as co-defendant in a law suit? I think it can since we would allow guns into a family friendly setting. Really sad and I think the folks here in this Township should read this ordinance. I'll see if I can get a copy this week and post it.

Next meeting is Monday, June 8th at 7pm You might want to be there early

MJ2KB Trail Group Survey

MJ2KB Trail Group Survey

The MJ2KB Trail Group has developed a survey to gather information from the residents of Mount Jewett and Hamlin Township that will be used to provide insight and direction in planning for the desired and anticipated uses of the future Mount Jewett to Kinzua Bridge Trail along the Knox-Kane Corridor.

If you want your voice heard, please fill out the survey on-line at SurveyMonkey, or a hard copy can be picked up at the Mount Jewett Borough Building, the Mount Jewett Memorial Library, or the Hamlin Township Building in Hazel Hurst. Hard copies can be mailed to MJ2KB Trail Group, PO Box 277, Mount Jewett, PA 16740, or returned to the MJ Borough Building, the Mount Jewett Memorial Library, or the Hamlin Township Building in Hazel Hurst.

All information provided is strictly confidential and will be used solely for statistical purposes, planning and general tourism marketing campaigns.

Why Can't they Learn?

If I read the law correctly, if you are convicted of Drunk Driving a second time, you spend time in Jail, at least that's the way it is for most folks that call Pennsylvania home.

But not if you happen to be a State Senator? Seems Sen. Pat Browne(R-Allentown) will be charged for drunk driving and driving at unsafe speeds after he crashed his motorcycle last weekend exiting I-78. Surely, a second time offender should spend some time in Jail, right.?

But wait, this was/is his third offense. Yep, and all three times on his motorbike.

We'll keep this story updated as to how Harrisburg and it's 'cover my back' atmosphere handles this.

Alberta Tar Sands, Keystone XL and the new Provincial Government

The biggest thing to happen to the Keystone XL pipeline project happened last Tuesday and it didn't involve John Boehner or Mitch McConnell spewing right wing reasons we need to have this pipeline.

No, it happened in Alberta Canada, home to the tar sand pits and the extra carbon production that goes on just to get this crap out of the ground. The New Democratic Party(NDP) took control of just about all elected offices that were up in this last general election.

Here are a couple of different articles that you can read for yourself and see how the landscape could be changing.

Elections

New Premier

There are plenty of other articles out there about this tidal wave of change that has just occurred but in the second article, the new Premier Rachael Notley was quoted as saying "pledges to stop spending taxpayer money to lobby for it in Washington, D.C.," referring to the pipeline. Folks with any concern for the planet should be relieved with such honesty and hopefully folks on our side of the border will now stop using this as another 'tool' to demonize our President and other climate realists.

Another Strike for Toomey

As the article reports, it's our own 'slightly off the wall' Rep. Senator from Pa. pulling the strings on his own nomination of a judge to the 3rd circuit court of appeals.

Even tho I typed 'slightly off the wall', I truly believe this guy only was elected because of a tea party rally in the last election. He clearly doesn't have all the marbles in the game. He signed the infamous letter to Iran, says no way to Cuba. Heck, he wasn't even born when those two 'hot beds' of foreign policy were developed and instituted.

Just more games by politicians on the right to keep this country on a slow track and against anything that normally a sitting President is granted.

Shameful the way that he and his colleagues are now 'governing' since they have the power of the Senate and the House.

Not with Mr. Obama on this one! Edited

Call it what you want, the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership), a multi-national 'free trade' deal is anything but a deal for the working folks of this country. After reading and digesting what I can about this very secretive deal, it looks to me like another boon for multi-national corporations that will use it to drive down wages in this country by moving more jobs overseas.

I applaud Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for recently stating that he and his democratic Senators will "put the brakes" on this deal unless two unpopular bills that Republicans refuse to deal with are taken care of first. The frequently stalled infrastructure bill that is necessary for this country to move forward and the amendments/reforms to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act(aka FISA), spying on this country's citizens.

Mr. Obama, instead of another 'go ahead and send your jobs overseas' trade bill gets your signature, do something that will help the folks here in America first.

Update 05/11/15. This seems to be the week that will tell the tale of the TPP. Both the House and the Senate will take up the measure in "earnest" over the next couple of days and it's fate is looking more and more that there just aren't enough votes to pass the trade bill, let alone the 'fast track' ammendment the President and the Republicans want.