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  • 11 Problems You Can Solve in 2009: Part IV - Lending | Lancaster PA Blog
    is printing and it s going away No not nearly as fast as the newspaper industry but it s still going away People laughed when the computer people talked about the paperless office and then paper sales boomed but what has happened is that people are no longer entering data on preprinted forms and they are printing reports on demand instead of printing up a bunch of them and shipping them where they go When recession hits the companies that survive are the ones that are cheapest and those that are best Customers for the best products don t need to scrimp but customers for the broad middle go downscale and customers at the bottom go without In the past the cheapest products have been mass produced but that s no longer true Something that s custom produced for your needs is less expensive to produce than in the past because of computers and may be the cheapest way to go That s a threat to big companies and all the people who work for them John DeLorean tried to produce expensive sports cars on a small scale and he failed primarily because he couldn t build demand for them as fast as he needed to but there are hundreds of guys out there making tricycle motorcycles have succeeded because they have flexible production facilities unlike DeLorean s think big factory in Ireland So what if three guys got together and decided to build electric taxicabs Spacious comfy cabs like the old Cheker You design it with an easily swappable battery pack so you re charging up multiple battery packs in your garage while the car is on the road 24 hours a day The taxi has great acceleration because you have smaller battery packs that don t add a lot of weight You don t use any power when you re stopped at a red light or at a taxi stand You build the car mostly using off the shelf components often heavy duty components like truck brakes to minimize maintenance There aren t drivers sitting idle waiting for a tuneup or for valves to be ground Fleet owners can expect a million miles Taxi companies should really love a vehicle that s intended for their particular needs instead of having to buy cars that are designed for other needs What s more you re not trying to set up dealerships all across the country You sell direct to taxi fleet operators and build to order instead of maintaining inventory That is the kind of enterprise we need in Lancaster County The value added is regionally exported rather than being a matter of local people taking in each others wash Taking in each others wash isn t as bad as it sounds During the gold rush there were clipper ships hauling laundry across the Pacific to be cleaned at real Chinese laundries It does just as much good for the local economy to eliminate an import as it does

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  • Democrats Gaining in Lancaster County Republican Territory | Lancaster PA Blog
    when Bush carried 69 to Kerry s 31 and 2000 when Bush also received 69 of the vote and Gore eked out 29 Urban vs Suburban Exurban Rural That breakdown however ignores the important fact that there are urban dwellers living in other municipalities beside Lancaster City Perhaps it is more fair to compare all the county s urban voters against the rest I ran the numbers comparing city and borough precincts against township precincts including the urbanized Lancaster Township with the boroughs In urbania county wide Obama beat McCain 56 43 with 73 366 voters weighing in 33 of voters In 2000 and 2004 Bush carried the county s urban areas 56 43 and 57 40 respectively Away from urban districts McCain beat Obama 61 37 with 151 425 voters Again this looks decisive until compared with Bush s victories in 2004 and 200 70 30 and 70 28 Stack the Deck What if we stack the deck Just for fun I picked out out all the municipalities in Lancaster County that went for Obama and pitted them against the rest of the county Here s how it looks Select Municipalities Obama 68 McCain 31 Eighteen percent of the Lancaster County electorate or 40 319 voters currently live in areas where a majority of their neighbors currently lean Democratic In 2004 those same municipalities on the whole went for Kerry by 61 38 and for Gore by just 57 39 The Rest of Municipalities McCain 61 Obama 38 Even in the most Republican areas of the county Democratic voters should have no trouble finding many neighbors who share their political viewpoint In these municipalities Bush carried 2004 by 69 30 and 2000 by 69 28 Perhaps most interesting is the list of municipalities who voted for Obama Columbia Borough Christiana Borough by a single vote Mountville Marietta Millersville Lancaster City Lancaster Township Columbia borough voted Democratic in 2000 but not in 2004 Lancaster City Lancaster Township and part of Millersville borough voted Democratic in both 2000 and 2004 Christiana and Mountville s votes came out of the blue Marietta has for some time been on the Democrats wishlist as a municipality to pick up If you d like to look at the raw data for yourself the County has a list of polling locations which you can use to decipher the election results for the past eight years Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related Christiana Columbia election results GOP Lancaster Lancaster County Marietta McCain Millersville Mountville Obama Pennsylvania 2 thoughts on Democrats Gaining in Lancaster County Republican Territory ethan says November 10 2008 at 10 42 pm hmmm I was just working my way through the data this morning I think I may have to write an alternate post to your data interpretation and use my mac to work up some pretty graphics Daniel Klotz

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  • Why I am voting YES for Home Rule | Lancaster PA Blog
    taxes by 7 or more we citizens can stop it via a ballot referendum Again debt is controlled as well as taxes The commissioners will not be able to fund projects through debt rather than taxes because we citizens can exercise our ability to stop both That means our government will be forced into long term sustainability a good thing 3 Because Harrisburg Is Whack Dennis Stuckey became a county commissioner in January of this year When he did so he vacated his role as county controller essentially the county s fiscal watchdog The position still has not been filled because we are waiting for Governor Rendell to appoint a replacement Why are we waiting for the governor to appoint a replacement controller Because without home rule we are at the mercy of the state for such things Make no mistake about it In very key ways we do not currently control our own county government Harrisburg does And Harrisburg is whack The state government is in need of major overhaul We should trust ourselves over bureaucrats in Harrisburg 4 Other Reasons The Lancaster County Home Rule Charter requires the leaders of the dozens of municipalities within our county to get together once a year and talk to each other enhancing cooperation between my city and your township your township and the nearby borough etc One county commissioner per 100 000 people is totally reasonable Right now we have 3 commissioners for half a million people The Home Rule Charter gives us 5 Part time commissioners are better than full time They can focus on long term strategy and listen to real people Or if they are OK with 55 000 a year they can do it full time Commissioners shouldn t be professional politicians The Home Rule Charter caps terms of office at 8 years This makes sure we have citizen leaders Under the Home Rule Charter the controller has to be a CPA or have a degree in finance or accounting The coroner has to be a licensed physician This makes sense but isn t currently required The commissioners have to focus on the long term when drafting budgets and the budget process has to be open for citizen review and input Right now the process of developing a budget can take place in secret and the budget can be available for citizen review only a very short period of time before being adopted That s bad for our county We currently elect Jury Commissioners whose jobs have been replaced by computers This charter eliminates the spending waste of paying for these positions We cannot remove these positions without a home rule charter The three roles of prothonotary clerk of courts and register of wills is combined into a single elected position the clerk of courts That s smaller more efficient government The Government Study Commission a nonpartisan group elected in November 2006 has done an outstanding job of first listening to a ton of input and then

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  • Sample Ballot for Lancaster County on November 4, 2008 | Lancaster PA Blog
    County on November 4 2008 Pingback Move to Iceland 2008 Lancaster County Sample Ballot Travis Seitler says October 31 2008 at 3 48 pm I call shenanigans How on earth am I supposed to fit Chuck Baldwin Darrell Castle on that tiny single line If you re going to tell people two insert the names of Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates you need to give people room to do that p Oh well I ve still got four days to practice my tiny writing Is there a problem with bringing your own pen I m thinking I ll need 05mm or smaller to get er done Travis Seitler says October 31 2008 at 3 50 pm BTW I didn t mean you personally Mr Klotz I meant the Board of Elections Just wanted to make sure I was clear there I know you didn t design the ballot Thank you very much for providing this I m gonna post it all over Facebook right now danielklotz says October 31 2008 at 3 55 pm Thank you Mr Seitler Please go forth and multiply this information all over the Internet Also you may be very interested to know that the current Board of Elections is the 3 county commissioners Only under the home rule charter can we directly elect our own independent Board of Elections It will be 2 Dems and 2 Republicans who will then unanimously choose a 5th person either a bona fide independent or a member of a third party to round out the Board Comments are closed arrow back Newer Older arrow forward Lancaster County and the Cultural Creatives This is Lancaster city resident Daniel Klotz s blog about Lancaster County and what makes it an interesting place Primary topics are the arts civic life and news

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  • 11 Problems You Can Solve in 2009: Part VI - Mentoring | Lancaster PA Blog
    the street is that membership at Lancaster s Hamilton Club which costs a few thousand dollars a year is tanking Downtown s upscale art galleries are complaining that they have lots of viewers but few buyers Private golf club memberships continue their slow decline In so many words expensive exclusivity is out and open mentoring is in The fewer people there are at the Hamilton Club when you go there the less worthwhile it will be What was once exclusive will appear instead to be dying So where are wealthy people supposed to get their kicks They get it by patronizing young and exciting artists by mentoring up and coming visionaries and by founding places where fresh ideas come to life If you re an entrepreneur the challenge in 2009 will not be to get past the velvet rope to hobnob with an exclusive crowd The challenge instead will be to find the people leaving those scenes and to engage them in your work When times are tough no one wants to rest on their laurels Seek out the elites who could and pique their interest in your projects Learn from them give them a real stake in things and satisfy their need to be involved in something new and exciting Share this post on Twitter Read Part I Construction Read Part II Journalism Read Part III Continuing Ed Read Part IV Lending Read Part V Telecommuting Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related business opportunities economy elite entrepreneurs exclusivity galleries Lancaster mentoring mentors arrow back Newer Older arrow forward Lancaster County and the Cultural Creatives This is Lancaster city resident Daniel Klotz s blog about Lancaster

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  • Omit Needless Books: The Elements of Style | Lancaster PA Blog
    writer This category is reigned over by Annie Dillard s The Writing Life Anne Lammot s Bird by Bird breaks these categories including bits of memoir prompt and advice and much of her advice write shitty first drafts get in tune with your instincts is really anti advice So the best advice stands read good stuff and write frequently My advice therefore is that if you must buy a book to mark this 50th anniversary occasion grab hold of E B White s collection Writings from The New Yorker 1927 1976 for about the same price as the re re re release of The Elements of Style E B White s writing when he is writing about real stuff rather than writing about writing is a top notch model That s because he and Strunk too include effective passive sentences bits of grammatical whimsy and a healthy sprinkling of adjectives and adverbs against their own advice The writerly hypocrisy of White is railed against by the good folks at the Language Log with Geoffrey Pullum leading the charge In his view The Elements of Style is a horrid little compendium of unmotivated prejudices don t use ongoing arbitrary stipulations don t begin a sentence with however and fatuous advice Be clear ridiculously out of date in its positions on appropriate choices among grammatical variants deeply suspect in its style advice and grotesquely wrong in most of the grammatical advice it gives He s right on this and on the observation that Strunk and White treat you like the abused 9 year old daughter of a pair of grumpy dads I imagine them as unfunny versions of The Muppets Statler and Waldorf So this October 25th join in the fun and bludgeon the curmudgeons There s no easier way to start

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  • Lancaster, PA tweetups are on a roll | Lancaster PA Blog
    in the skybox at Clipper Magazine Stadium Jan 23 Breakfast tweetup No 1 Feb 24 Breakfast tweetup No 2 March 11 There were other attempts but I haven t verified that any of them were well attended enough to be considered bona fide tweetups Please fill us in if I missed any To get the scoop upcoming tweetups keep an eye on the Lancaster PA Tweetups group on Facebook Planned get togethers include lunch late night diner run Saturday morning coffee and who knows what else A couple people suggested that we have name tags next time Paul threatened never to return if we crossed the line into having a sign in sheet though What should we do for our next tweetups Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related Lancaster Lancaster County Prince Street Cafe tweetup Twitter 8 thoughts on Lancaster PA tweetups are on a roll Chad says March 11 2009 at 11 20 am Beautiful post thanks for the mention and I was offiially the youngest Any idea when the next tweetup will be Maxtana says March 11 2009 at 11 22 am Wow how did I not know about the TweetUp at Apple Chad says March 11 2009 at 11 23 am Also you linked to the web design program not the grahics program Daniel Klotz says March 11 2009 at 12 11 pm Sorry about the link mixup Chad Did I get it right this time Commercial Art Wendy Edsall Kerwin says March 11 2009 at 12 48 pm Yeah that late night diner run sounds perfect for my schedule I just can t do those 7am tweet ups Paul Stoltzfus says March

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  • Lancaster, PA Twitterati - New Reference Page | Lancaster PA Blog
    to add you to the list And please share the list with anyone who will benefit from it The URL is http www lancasterpablog com lancaster county twitter users Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related Lancaster Lancaster County Local Social Twitter 2 thoughts on Lancaster PA Twitterati New Reference Page Jeff Geoghan says December 24 2008 at 1 06 pm Great idea Daniel Harl Delos says December 24 2008 at 1 57 pm Do I detect a snide comment about Fertility Bird In Hand Halfville Hempfield or wondering if there s a Main Town in the middle of Willow Street Are you ready to make a nasty remark about Oyster Point and Safe Harbor being part of what was once the largest INLAND city in the British Empire Do I sense a joke coming on about Limerick being here but Nantucket gets all the great Limericks written about it Will you be commenting on the distance from Puseyville to Fertility and wondering if Paradise is involved somehow or if they should be closer to Sporting Hill I should have known that if I opened a bank account with Blue Ball I d be in for a frustrating time Now I have to look for the GREEN signs and online I have to remember how to spell Susquehanna Comments are closed arrow back Newer Older arrow forward Lancaster County and the Cultural Creatives This is Lancaster city resident Daniel Klotz s blog about Lancaster County and what makes it an interesting place Primary topics are the arts civic life and news analysis Follow danielklotz Get Updates By Email Subscribe to LancasterPABlog com Enter your email address FourSquare

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