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  • investments | | Lancaster PA Blog
    support Aside from getting ahold of federal money to put construction workers and equipment to work what opportunities do you see in this convergence of problem with assets Read Part II Journalism Daniel Klotz December 11 2008 Will It Float Me Yesterday Tom Friedman of the New York Times wrote that in this credit crunch that is hurting the economy no one is an island Well you say I don t own any stocks let those greedy monsters on Wall Street suffer You may not own any stocks but your pension fund owned some Lehman Brothers commercial paper and your regional bank held subprime mortgage bonds which is why you were able refinance your house two years ago And your local airport was insured by A I G and your local municipality sold municipal bonds on Wall Street to finance your street s new sewer system and your local car company depended on the credit markets to finance your auto loan and now that the credit market has dried up Wachovia bank went bust and your neighbor lost her secretarial job there Five Dollar Pig by Flickr user EricGjerde Let s take a look Pension fund Ha Yeah right We have about 450 in a 401 k at this point Refinance our house Nope We ve been smart and have consciously chosen to rent for the past four years It continues to be a good decision Local airport Our local airport stopped offering public flights more than a year ago Also I haven t flown since the summer of 1999 it s too cumbersome and expensive and rail and carpooling has worked beautifully for me New sewer system I wish This town s infrastructure is crumbling Besides why can t a municipality save up for a major expense like we private citizens do for our own purchases Auto loan Nope I m still driving my trusty 1994 Geo Prizm Until I can pay cash for a newer used car I m not intending to buy one Neighbor lost her job Again my neighbors are doing OK Not great but they have never been doing great We do alright for ourselves but the whole disparity of wealth thing has been biting us in the butt for a long time I don t have much of a vendetta against Wall Street I do however think our entire economic system has gotten off kilter and is ultimately unsustainable I have never benefited from our current economic situation compared to how others have benefited Where I am today I have basically nothing to lose In fact with our student debt far outweighing our assets I have less than nothing to lose So from where I stand with none of Mr Friedman s arguments applying to me I have to ask Why prop up an unsound and unsafe structure Why shouldn t we allow it to implode and rebuild itself I have full confidence that our economy will rebuild itself I believe that the free

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  • The Debate as Seen by Local Twitter Users | Lancaster PA Blog
    have the same weird saggy neck danielklotz Did Obama just say orgy Knownhuman Orgy of spending I ll drink to that quixado 38 minutes in to first mention of maverick kmueller62 Obama s numbers don t seem to add up danielklotz 10 billion a month in Iraq means the bailout is the same price as 5 years 10 months of military operation in Iraq right seagoat I m not even sure who is winning the debate at this point About 10 p m icelander I m not even drinking alcohol THAT S how little I care about the debate Somebody me if McCain calls Obama uppity jtkendall spinning fox news logo stop spinning You add nothing to the debate kmueller62 btw check out factcheck org tomorrow to help cut thru the spin ethand Obama needs a new word other than brilliantly sarx john i got a point I ve got a bracelet too ScottSkiba Each candidate seems to be playing to their already decided base I m not hearing anything we haven t heard numerous times previously 600reviewer scottskiba I couldn t agree more Rehash of the old and nothing new icelander ScottSkiba Thus the reason I m ignoring the debate in favor of cleaning my basement GuyTessler Playing to emotions and patriotism is escape of last resort when reason dissapears danielklotz Waziristan Who Knew 600reviewer McCain is just snide is acting like my crabby old Uncle John danielklotz Again I say being willing to talk with someone is not the same as being willing to sit down at the table with them kmueller62 danielklotz but obamas previous statements are clearly postured in sitting down at the table and he seriously misquoted kissinger ethand Oh snap McCain is trouncing now Chorazin LOOK AT OBAMA MCCAIN You look so intimidated like the frail old man you are Give him your respect danielklotz McCain looked into Putin s eyes and saw letters from the Latin alphabet danielklotz I like Obama s policy toward Russia It has two neat little points Whew I m so relieved it isn t a complex and nuanced policy danielklotz Go McCain Preach it on never torturing anyone ever again That s the kind of stand you used to make and what could make you great again kmueller62 well i m unimpressed with what i m hearing from either side empty rhetoric seagoat I think McCain is winning Chorazin I KNEW that McCain couldn t go the entire debate without mentioning being a PoW kmueller62 and its over yawn adamhann wow that was interesting didn t help me figure out who I want to vote for yet 600reviewer I call it a draw actuall TRezendes Didn t get to watch the debate but almost feel like I did since almost my entire list of followers was tweeting about it And I recorded it quixado Thought it was awesome I had a tweet on during the debate on current danielklotz What was your most memorable moment from the debate

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  • community | | Lancaster PA Blog
    Establish innovative land management zoning practices Encourage collaborative land management programs and policies that address issues such as high density housing increased brown field and urban development rehabilitate reuse policies farmland preservation and municipal partnerships Another interesting detail is the breakdown by age 15 19 12 20 34 9 35 44 22 45 54 28 65 older 29 The list of honorable mention opportunities which were identified but did not make it into the top four is also interesting Improve financial stability of residents Ensure basic needs are being met through opportunities to work finish school or enroll in vocational training Increase residents financial literacy so sound financial decisions are made Increase equity and inclusion Create and implement cross cultural events to enhance positive intercultural relationships to reduce discrimination Provide a safe forum for dialogue Encourage policies that promote justice inclusion and understanding of all people regardless of race gender religion culture sexual orientation age disability etc Increase collaboration between community government and faith based leaders to reduce fear and promote inclusively Recruit and train next generation leaders Recognize and support the community s young leaders Develop a young leader s leadership program and fold these people into significant leadership gatherings Recognize and promote leadership voices Increase citizen involvement and volunteerism Promote active citizenship and public participation as the responsibility of every individual Ensure opportunities for citizen dialogue participation and engagement via public forums and flexible regulations and policies Improve infrastructure and public services Invest in infrastructure improvements such as roadways water sewer bridges broadband services etc Invest in an expanded countywide public transportation system to increase access to job opportunities in hard to reach locations Align economic development activities across sectors Align economic activities across not far profit for profit and public governmental organizations Build on the county s

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  • Lancaster County | | Lancaster PA Blog
    have talented and resourceful individuals and entrepreneurs who could use some loaned capital Put two and two together and make a profit off this Ready Go Share this post on Twitter Read Part I Construction Read Part II Journalism Read Part III Continuing Ed Daniel Klotz December 19 2008 New York Times Magazine Includes F M Prof in Year in Ideas Each year the New York Times Magazine captures the defining ideas of the past twelve months The Year In Ideas 2008 issue comes out tomorrow and guess what they included The aptly named Trexler Proffitt deserves kudos Photo courtesy of F M s newsletter The Diplomat They included the work of Franklin Marshall College s Trexler Proffitt the Lancaster professor who conducted a feasibility study this year on establishing a Lancaster stock exchange that would serve seven counties in Central PA The Times categorizes the idea under the phenomenon of locavestors Most of my day is spent dealing with minutiae but I m very fortunate because it s often very meaningful minutiae I arranged for Prof Proffitt and two of his students to meet for an in depth discussion with the man who puts the executive in my executive assistant title Tom Baldrige president of The Lancaster Chamber earlier this year as part of their feasibility study It s nothing boast worthy but it is an affirmation that what I am contributing I m contributing toward something good Here s to the world s foremost newspaper identifying Lancaster as a place that is germinating innovative ideas Daniel Klotz December 13 2008 Lancaster City income plummeted 15 BEFORE the crash Lancaster city Pennsylvania as defined by the U S Census Bureau The U S Census Bureau released new data today as part of its American Community Survey program which tracks information for certain areas between 10 year censuses This is the first time Lancaster city with a relatively small population 55 029 of us was included in such an extensive Census Bureau project in the in between years New York City for instance is always included in such studies This time around it revealed that the number of whites in Harlem has tripled The data reveals some shocking trends for our city I compared the newly released data against data from the 2000 census which reflected reality as of 1999 To do this I converted 1999 dollars into 2007 dollars by multiplying by 1 24438087 per the U S Bureau of Labor Statistics We all know that the current economic recession is hurting everyone What we didn t realize was how badly we here in Lancaster city were getting hit already Household Per Capita Income Lancaster city As of 2007 median household income was 31 599 In 1999 it was 37 045 adjusted to 2007 dollars That means household income dropped 15 between 1999 and 2007 In that same time per capita income dropped 9 in 2007 per capita income was 15 813 In 1999 it was 17 365 Lancaster County As of 2007 median household income was 63 499 In 1999 it was 56 628 When you tack on the suburbs median household income grew 12 within the county But county wide per capita income dipped by 0 6 in 2007 per capita income was 25 214 In 1999 it was 25 382 Question What do you make of the fact that in the county median household income significantly grew while per capita income slightly declined Lancaster city is not alone in hearing bad news Every metro area in Northeast Ohio in some ways a peer region saw such a decline In Wooster median household income was down 20 Home Values Lancaster city City homes declined 20 in value The median home value in 2007 was 71 300 In 1999 it was 88 724 in 2007 dollars Lancaster County County homes increased 14 in value The median home value in 2007 was 169 500 In 1999 it was 148 454 This disparity in property value trending obviously has massive tax implications Consider also the difference in aging infrastructure 63 1 of city homes were built prior to World War II In the county homes that old account for only 24 3 of the market In the city 3 6 of homes were built in the past 17 years In the county that number is 23 3 Households with Income over 100 000 Lancaster city In 2007 there were 1 241 households earning 100k or more representing 5 9 of city households In 1999 there were 663 measured using 1999 dollars about 3 1 of households Lancaster County In 2007 there were 30 711 households with income 100k or more representing 16 7 of county households In 1999 there were 16 799 measured using 1999 dollars about 9 8 of households Below the Poverty Line Even before the economic recession poverty levels were increasing in both the city and the county Lancaster city As of 2007 25 4 of individuals in the city were living below the poverty line up from 21 2 in 1999 Fully 65 of single mother households no husband present with children 5 years old or younger were living below the poverty line up from 54 9 in 1999 Lancaster County As of 2007 9 1 of individuals in the county were living below the poverty line up from 7 8 in 1999 Among single mother households no husband present with children 5 years old or younger 52 5 were living below the poverty line in 2007 up from 43 7 in 1999 Top Industries Lancaster city In 1999 the top 3 industries in terms of number of people employed were Manufacturing 23 7 Educational health and social services 19 9 Retail trade 13 2 In 2007 the top 3 industries were Educational health and social services 21 1 Manufacturing 17 3 Professional scientific and management and administrative and waste management services 12 7 Lancaster County In 1999 the top 3 industries were Manufacturing 22 5

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  • Lancaster2020 | | Lancaster PA Blog
    Establish innovative land management zoning practices Encourage collaborative land management programs and policies that address issues such as high density housing increased brown field and urban development rehabilitate reuse policies farmland preservation and municipal partnerships Another interesting detail is the breakdown by age 15 19 12 20 34 9 35 44 22 45 54 28 65 older 29 The list of honorable mention opportunities which were identified but did not make it into the top four is also interesting Improve financial stability of residents Ensure basic needs are being met through opportunities to work finish school or enroll in vocational training Increase residents financial literacy so sound financial decisions are made Increase equity and inclusion Create and implement cross cultural events to enhance positive intercultural relationships to reduce discrimination Provide a safe forum for dialogue Encourage policies that promote justice inclusion and understanding of all people regardless of race gender religion culture sexual orientation age disability etc Increase collaboration between community government and faith based leaders to reduce fear and promote inclusively Recruit and train next generation leaders Recognize and support the community s young leaders Develop a young leader s leadership program and fold these people into significant leadership gatherings Recognize and promote leadership voices Increase citizen involvement and volunteerism Promote active citizenship and public participation as the responsibility of every individual Ensure opportunities for citizen dialogue participation and engagement via public forums and flexible regulations and policies Improve infrastructure and public services Invest in infrastructure improvements such as roadways water sewer bridges broadband services etc Invest in an expanded countywide public transportation system to increase access to job opportunities in hard to reach locations Align economic development activities across sectors Align economic activities across not far profit for profit and public governmental organizations Build on the county s

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  • leaders | | Lancaster PA Blog
    Establish innovative land management zoning practices Encourage collaborative land management programs and policies that address issues such as high density housing increased brown field and urban development rehabilitate reuse policies farmland preservation and municipal partnerships Another interesting detail is the breakdown by age 15 19 12 20 34 9 35 44 22 45 54 28 65 older 29 The list of honorable mention opportunities which were identified but did not make it into the top four is also interesting Improve financial stability of residents Ensure basic needs are being met through opportunities to work finish school or enroll in vocational training Increase residents financial literacy so sound financial decisions are made Increase equity and inclusion Create and implement cross cultural events to enhance positive intercultural relationships to reduce discrimination Provide a safe forum for dialogue Encourage policies that promote justice inclusion and understanding of all people regardless of race gender religion culture sexual orientation age disability etc Increase collaboration between community government and faith based leaders to reduce fear and promote inclusively Recruit and train next generation leaders Recognize and support the community s young leaders Develop a young leader s leadership program and fold these people into significant leadership gatherings Recognize and promote leadership voices Increase citizen involvement and volunteerism Promote active citizenship and public participation as the responsibility of every individual Ensure opportunities for citizen dialogue participation and engagement via public forums and flexible regulations and policies Improve infrastructure and public services Invest in infrastructure improvements such as roadways water sewer bridges broadband services etc Invest in an expanded countywide public transportation system to increase access to job opportunities in hard to reach locations Align economic development activities across sectors Align economic activities across not far profit for profit and public governmental organizations Build on the county s

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  • Lancaster County Community Foundation Grants | Lancaster PA Blog
    a consultant to prepare a comprehensive Strategic Plan Critical issues to be addressed include a plan for succession facility improvements and fundraising analysis I d much rather see funds going to training women who already provide informal child care so they can run legitimate safe child care operations Southern End Community Association 20 000 To hire a professional consultant to develop a new strategic plan This will give the agency a redirected focus and strengthen its ability to better serve the community This is only one of six grants that were given to help organizations with strategic plans The Obama campaign didn t have a strategic plan and did not emphasize formal strategy I think we re going to see strategic planning go out of vogue and I say good riddance Lancaster County Conservancy 20 000 To conduct a feasibility study for new headquarters integrated with an innovative Environmental Center on an urban forest nature preserve Sounds cool to me BUILDING COMMUNITY THROUGH THE ARTS AWARD RECIPIENTS Franklin Marshall College 249 992 To create Poetry Paths across Lancaster City to introduce poetry by eminent and local writers into the daily lives of Lancaster s residents and guests Stands and pavers will be used to permanently display the poems Hmm I want to learn more I m a poet and I m far from sold based on this description City of Lancaster 200 000 To develop a public art department The department head will manage city public art projects coordinate with other community public art efforts develop public art policies and infrastructure and function as an information clearinghouse for public art information in the community Two hundred thousand dollars for an arts bureaucracy Again I m far from sold especially based on that whole thing about how good art is created bottom up rather than top down and how art is everyone s business not something that can be sequestered off Fulton Opera House 120 000 To expand the arts education staff at the Fulton and enable their historic theatre to better serve and engage the Lancaster community An Education Department will allow the Fulton to maintain and solidify this programming while increasing capacity and effectiveness I think we should match students with the real excitement in the arts world I hesitate to endorse the idea that that excitement is to be found in an institution that runs mass audience Broadways standards Pennsylvania College of Art and Design 150 000 Funding will develop three programs 1 Mosaic Engagement a series of three exhibitions that will connect audiences from the county with vibrant art by successful artists 2 Mosaic Middle School and High School Programming providing 150 School District of Lancaster and Pequea Valley middle and high school students with unique educational opportunities 3 Mosaic After Program providing further art education and resources for these same students Remember what I just wrote about matching students with the real excitement This sounds much closer to the target to me All in all I

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  • (Ruminations on the) Theme of All Humanity | Lancaster PA Blog
    have been slow and shadowed yet I felt through severed roots my blood lift with every German word and joy sank down so far it transformed before me to freude I beheld myself weathering 1930 in a shantytown of tin lean tos choking on the President s promise that prosperity was hovering just around the corner Hoovering we would jest and yet if I had heard this glorious Theme of all humanity for so the liner notes declare I would still have felt part of the choir felt its music welling up to overwhelm the growl of despair in my stomach as I pushed home I heard a defiant voice halting my cyncism Nicht diese Töne when I began to scream against the hopeful began to yell over the sound of death in the composer s ears Half the audience did not wait for the end I remembered Burgess other Alex F Alexander who believed humans creatures of growth and sweetness like oranges railed against an attempt to impose laws and conditions appropriate to a mechanical creation raising against these things his sword pen even after Alex and his gang raised their own ha ha sword pens against his wife one at a time like clockwork What I knew were words I did not understand speaking to my soul Ihr stürzt nieder Millionen Do you come crashing down you millions And as my soul in the embrace of the multitudes said yes and yes and yes the voices rang heavenly words O my brothers Über m Sternenzelt Muss ein lieber Vater wohnen here below I heard the old Joy Joy Joy Joy crashing and howling away Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on

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