Monthly Archives: April 2009

A sign of the times. Is this what it’s come to?

 A man named Keith Knauss of Kennett Square filed a right-to-know request asking Unionville-Chadds Ford School District for access to its master schedule for students, teachers and classrooms, with unique identifiers in place of student names.  The district denied him, … Continue reading

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York County and 911 time-response logs

Daily Record/Sunday News staffer Ted Czech reports in today’s paper that although the state’s new open records law (read it here) makes it possible for residents to get 911 time-response logs — and thus assess the performance of their emergency … Continue reading

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Buying a dog? Do your homework

Sunday’s York Daily Record/Sunday News carries a story written by Jon Rutter, a reporter at the Lancaster Sunday News, about the problems a York County family had when they bought a puppy from a kennel last year. The Campbell family … Continue reading

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A bird by any other name…

So, I’m reading USA Today Friday morning and I run into an article about bird strikes. Birds colliding with aircraft have been big news since a US Airways Jet in January was forced to ditch in the Hudson River after a bird took … Continue reading

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Dallastown schools eye putting meeting recordings online

  For a few months, the Dallastown Area School Board is going to look at putting recordings of its meetings online, and will pare down its written meeting minutes.      It’s the second public body in the past month or … Continue reading

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Don’t tweet at public meetings

The board that oversees public transportation in the  San Francisco Bay Area has drawn up rules that prohibit twittering, blogging or using cell phones at meetings. Why, you ask, would a board prohibit seemingly innocuous tweets? Click on the jump … Continue reading

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Records proposal was a shame

This editorial appeared in the April 19 York Sunday News: var requestedWidth = 0; if(requestedWidth > 0){ document.getElementById(‘articleViewerGroup’).style.width = requestedWidth + “px”; document.getElementById(‘articleViewerGroup’).style.margin = “0px 0px 10px 10px”; } York Township Commissioner Paul Knepper seems to have gone on a … Continue reading

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Bank bailout tracker

Speaking of following the money, ProPublica.org just let the world know it has unveiled a way to track bank bailout money online. It’s here. Definitely worth a look.

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Records czar out of loop

This editorial appeared in the April 14 York Daily Record: Bad habits die hard — and Pennsylvania has a nasty one.     No, we’re not talking about smoking. Well, come to think of it, we are — in a sense. … Continue reading

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For teaparty-goers (and anyone else who’s interested …)

People have gathered at sites across the country today for “tea parties,” a protest of wasteful government spending. CNN is reporting that more than 300 organized protests were under way in the U.S. today. I can’t vouch for the credibility … Continue reading

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