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Franklin County Conservative Republicans Take Back Their Party

By Dwight D. Weidman                                                                         June 28, 2020

In a recent column in Chambersburg Public Opinion, I posed the question of “if Franklin County voters are so conservative, why are most of our elected politicians moderate to liberal?”.  Anyone following local politics will quickly realize that our local Republican politicians, for the most part, talk a good conservative game, but at the same time march in lockstep with the Harrisburg Republican establishment.

Until last Saturday, that moderate to liberal political establishment held the local Republican Committee in a choke hold. Their mismanagement and cronyism since they took over in 2014 had driven the party to the brink of ruin, and then a funny thing happened. The elected conservative members of the committee, at a biennial reorganizational meeting, took advantage of the complacency of the ruling clique and replaced the establishment chairman with a conservative, Chambersburg Boro Council Member Allen Coffman.

Coffman’s election as Chairman over two-term Chair Robert Ternes blindsided the liberal faction of the party. It wasn’t a move that was long in the planning, but it definitely was born out a collective sense that the establishment drones of the “Franklin County Reagan Coalition” were unable to lead the party, and in fact, were destroying it from within.  Don’t be confused by the title “Reagan Coalition”, because if the late President Ronald Reagan knew his name was on such a group, he would turn over in his grave.   What the Reagan Coalition proved since taking over the party in 2014 was that you can’t build something based on negativity. Since their founding by disgruntled moderate and liberal Republicans in 2008, their one goal was the takeover of the Republican Committee and especially its treasury.  When they did manage to get their majority and chairmanship in June 2014, it was immediately obvious that they had no plan or vision for the party itself. They were like an old dog who spent years chasing cars, until finally catching one, with predictable consequences. Negative emotions like envy, hate and greed are powerful, but you can’t build anything on them. Thus the Reagan Coalition’s total lack of vision has had predictable repercussions, a nearly shattered party.

Probably a key moment in Saturday’s reorganization came when a committee member highlighted an item in the Treasurer’s report that demonstrated an unprecedented drop in the number of memberships in the party’s “Ben Franklin Society”, an organization of Republicans who donate $300 per year to the party. The Ben Franklin Society had become a prime target of the Reagan Coalition’s hostile takeover attempts since 2008 and since 2014 the membership level had fallen by 75% due to willful neglect. Then-Chairman Ternes was asked if he was a member of Ben Franklin, to which he replied he was not. He was asked if he was a Reagan Coalition member and he said that he was. If there was a final nail in the coffin, that was it, because prior to Ternes’ chairmanship, every party chairman had been a member of Ben Franklin to show their dedication to the organization they chaired. The committee then voted to replace Ternes as chairman with Allen Coffman by a 70-30% margin. The executive committee has taken on a decidedly conservative look, as well, just in time for the November general election.  Chairman Coffman seems to have no agenda other than to win in November.

In a heavily Republican county like we have, it isn’t just a matter of giving President Trump a majority of our votes, because that is a given.  Franklin County can make a difference in Trump winning Pennsylvania by maximizing both turnout and winning margin. Republicans can do that if they all pull together and get every single Trump voter out to the polls on November 3rd. The Franklin County Republican Party is ready to lead but needs volunteers, contributions and your ideas. Money collected will be used to pay headquarters rent and utilities, and even more importantly, to purchase campaign literature, signs, and get out the vote operations.  Everyone has a skill that can be used. Don’t feel left out if you can’t afford to make a contribution, either large or small, because there are a million ways you can make a difference. If you need further information, the party’s number is 717-263-7999, or if you wish to leave a comment here, I can help you get in touch or provide information.

Please also remember that a record of all contributions and expenditures is reported to the PA Secretary of State and can be viewed online. Finally all members of the county Republican committee and state committee, including officers, are unpaid volunteers.

Your county Republican Party and President Trump  need you.

 

 

 

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PA Governor Wolf Gives Democrat-Stronghold Counties an Extra Week to get Mail-in Votes in and Counted

by Dwight D. Weidman 7:00 PM 1 June 2020

In what could be a dry run for massive mail-in vote fraud for November, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has issued an edict granting an extra week for the delivery of mail-in ballots for six Democrat counties: Philadelphia, Delaware, Montgomery, Allegheny, Dauphin, and Erie Counties. The ballots will be counted if postmarked by 8 PM, 2 June 2020. The deadline for getting a mail-in ballot DELIVERED TO the county courthouses was 8 PM on June 2nd, 2020 (the normal poll-closing time), and postmarks were not supposed to count, but Wolf arbitrarily added an additional week to get voted ballots in, for heavily-Democratic counties.

For those who have followed Democrat voter fraud over the years, extending poll closing times in for Democrat areas has been a common tactic to give leftist candidates an edge by stretching out the counting process and giving fraudsters extra time to “find” Democrat votes.

The overall impact in this, a primary election will be minimal, but this has to be looked at as a test case for possible Democrat fraud in November by a liberal governor who has been emboldened by the powers he assumed during the Coronavirus fraud.

It’s time to put the federal watchdogs on alert in Pennsylvania.

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Latest Data Proves that Panic was Unwarranted

We’ve Been Played by The Wuhan Virus Hype

Turzai Letter Reveals Virus Confined to High Risk Groups

Monday May 18th, 2020 by Dwight D. Weidman

The latest data obtained from a letter sent out by House Speaker Mike Turzai on Sunday shows that the Coronavirus case and death rate have been blown way out of context as related to the public at large. Even the death numbers may be exaggerated as revealed by numbers published from other states such as Colorado which show the CDC counting cases of death not caused by Covid19 as Coronavirus deaths. Over two months ago, on March 5th, 2020, the topic of my bi-weekly column in the Chambersburg Public Opinion, I wrote that COVID19, or the Wuhan Coronavirus was being overhyped and would be used by the Democrats, media and politicians of every stripe to their advantage. The column, entitled: “Don’t believe all the Hype over the Coronavirus” was written before all of the government overreach and before our local politicians first joined in the panic, and then tied to reverse themselves to appear like they were trying to protect us from our Governor’s dictatorial lockdown decrees. Well, it’s always nice to be able to say “I told yo so”.

All of the bragging aside, some very revealing numbers have been released by the Speaker of the PA House, Mike Turzai in a letter with today’s date. The letter, shown below, is addressed to House members and contains the latest analysis of the Covid19 death rates in Pennsylvania, and they reveal that the worst effects of the disease are concentrated mainly among very high risk groups, and not the general population.

As you can see from the letter, almost 70% of deaths occurred in nursing home and care home settings, and 90% of the deaths were among people who had one or more complicating factors such as heart disease or other severe conditions. The letter goes on to state that as of May 15th, 2020, only 5% of available hospital beds were occupied by COVID19 patients and just over 1% were on ventilators.

To think that we have destroyed millions of jobs and lives in our country over this hype is sickening, even more sickening than the virus itself. There needs to be a reckoning!

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Rally in Harrisburg on Friday as Battle Lines are Drawn. Wolf Calls his Bosses “Cowards”

Wednesday 13 May 2020 By Dwight D. Weidman

The actions of Pennsylvania’s tyrannical Governor Tom Wolf and his COVID19 edicts have put Pennsylvania on the edge of revolt. Leaders of numerous counties that were to be kept on lockdown, despite meeting the COVID19 guidelines set down over a month ago, announced that they planned to start opening up for business starting the 15th of May. In response to those announcements, Governor Wolf flew into a rage, accusing those who want to feed their families of being “cowards” and “deserters”. Wolf and his bureaucrats then threatened businesses with punishment, ranging from revoking business licenses to withholding state and federal funds.

In effect, Wolf has declared war on the people he was elected to govern. Danny DeVito, a candidate in the 45th District of Pennsylvania, has called for the simultaneous impeachment of Governor Wolf and Lieutenant Governor Fetterman for their malicious handling of the COVID-19 crisis.

Adding fuel to the fire was the was admission that Health Secretary Levine removed her mother from a personal care home while not allowing the same priviledge to every other Pennsylvanian, as reported by State Representative Seth Grove of York County.  Remember folks, this is the same Secretary Levine who sentenced hundreds of elderly Pennsylvanians to death by forcing the admission of Covid19 patients to nursing homes. On Monday morning, Pennsylvania State Senator Doug Mastriano called for the removal of Secretary of Health Dr. Levine, who he says has committed medical malpractice in mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Reaction has been swift. A rally organized by ReopenPA Facebook group for Friday, May 15, 2020 on the steps of the Capitol in Harrisburg and it is expected that calls for the impeachment of Wolf, Health Secretary Levine, and Lt. Governor Fetterman will intensify. There is also a video going viral showing a small businessman in East Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County being rousted by two policeman for opening his business early. In the video, the cops are unable to tell the man what law he is violating, only that he is in violation of Governor Wolf’s “order”, and the following up with saying “he was only following orders”. Hey, officer, that defense wasn’t acceptable at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, so it shouldn’t work now!

President Trump has also added impetus to the revolt by Tweeting: “The great people of Pennsylvania want their freedom now, and they are fully aware of what that entails. The Democrats are moving slowly, all over the USA, for political purposes. They would wait until November 3rd if it were up to them. Don’t play politics. Be safe, move quickly!”. The President will be in Allentown on Thursday, Tweeting “Looking forward to being in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on Thursday. I love the State, and for very good reason!”

On Friday, May 15 at noon, citizens of Pennsylvania will gather on the steps of the Capitol to protest the tyranny of Governor Wolf, and to rally in support of reopening the state. Attorney Marc Scaringi, who has filed a lawsuit against the administration, and elected officials will be addressing the crowd. Everyone is encouraged to attend and to observe precautions contained in the COVID19 guidelines.

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BREAKING: Franklin County May be Ready to Join the Anti-Wolf Rebellion

BREAKING…2:30 PM May 9, 2020

By Dwight D. Weidman

According to inside information, a group of Franklin County officials, responding to an outcry of dissatisfaction from local citizens and some negative press, is preparing to join other South Central PA counties in the growing rebellion against Governor Wolf’s tyrannical COVID19 lockdown. This is significant in that Franklin County is considered a “Keystone County” in Pennsylvania, the “Keystone State” because of it’s location in the center of the state’s southern boundary along the Mason Dixon Line and it’s strategic location along a main commercial thoroughfare running through the Quad-State area, US Interstate 81.

It is said that the effort to move Franklin County from Red to Yellow is being led by two office holders, one at the state level and one at the county level. County Sheriff Dane Anthony has already issued a release that stated he and his department will not enforce any “unconstitutional actions”, which is interpreted as meaning any action not enacted by the legislature in accordance with Pennsylvania law.

This official action will give a boost to efforts we detailed earlier by local businesses to open without state permission.

It’s ironic that Franklin County is now going to be engaged in a rebellion against dictatorial rule, since 255 years ago, the first act of armed rebellion against British rule took place here, when James Smith led a band of colonists to end illegal British trade in weapons and alcohol with hostile Indian tribes which had resulted in the murder of local settlers. This series of incidents, known as the “Black Boys Rebellion” included armed clashes with the British garrison stationed at Fort Loudon which resulted in its removal. It is said that this event and subsequent actions helped to lay the foundation for the Second Amendment to the US Constitution.

The “Black Boys Rebellion” became the subject of a book called “The First Rebel”, and the 1939 Movie “Allegheny Uprising” starring John Wayne and Claire Trevor.

This modern day rebellion against tyranny will serve to put an end to the Wolf Administration’s war on Pennsylvania working people.

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Sorry Franklin County, Wolf Says “No Work for You” Until June 4th

By Dwight D. Weidman

According to the Associated Press, the 13 counties added to the “yellow” category for reopening under Governor Tom Wolf’s arbitrary and dictatorial lockdown edict will not include Franklin County, a move which will no doubt drive many small businesses into bankruptcy. It will mean that it will be until at least June 4th before most small businesses in Franklin County will be allowed to operate, despite the county’s low COVID19 case and death numbers, and the fact that neighboring counties are getting relief.

It’s ironic that this date is also right after the June 2nd primary election, since Wolf and his corrupt Democrat allies have been pushing hard to keep people away from the polls and cast mail-in ballots instead.

Hopefully this will give momentum to the new county movement “Open on 5-11” and inject some backbone into our otherwise spineless politicians. It’s time for a leader to step up to bring us out of this mess. For starters, local law enforcement should refuse to enforce Wolf’s illegal edicts, and our local District Attorney should follow the Green County DA’s lead in refusing to prosecute these so-called “offenses”.

The move to open Franklin County businesses on 5-11 needs everyone’s support. A press release has gone out to local media about the group’s formation. Anyone wishing to support this effort to resist Governor Wolf’s tyranny should go to the group’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Fighting-Back-ReOpen-May-11th-112504430447086/ or call Shane Myers at 717-709-6246.

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Franklin County Group Formed to Fight for Reopening on 5-11

by Dwight D. Weidman.

In the face of Governor Wolf’s arbitrary and opaque rules for re-opening our economy, a group of Franklin County area business people have decided that enough is enough and have formed a group called “Fighting Back ReOpen May 11th”. The group launched a Facebook site on May 1st, and is currently made up of at least 18 small and medium-sized business owners who think it’s time to put people back to work and put food on the table for their families. Franklin and other surrounding South Central PA counties have had lower incidences of Coronavirus cases and deaths than other areas of the state but continue to be kept closed by government fiat.

Shane Myers, the director and spokesperson for the group, has stated that some businesses don’t want to be revealed at this point, due to fear of retaliation, but has listed Antrim Way Honda, UV Stems “The Flower Shop”, Janie’s Treasures, All Things Country, Alpha Fitness, UV Bronze Tanning, along with multiple Real Estate Agencies and Hair Salons as being charter members of the group. He has also stated that local elected officials State Senator Doug Mastriano, State Representatives Paul Schemel and Rob Kauffman, Greencastle Mayor Ben Thomas and 85th District Representative David Rowe have been very supportive. “I believe that the local officials will be on your side on this one. Keep up the effort” remarked Paul Schemel and “While there are risks associated with it, I understand why it may be necessary for some to do this. There is a time for civil disobedience in a democratic society. Citizens and business owners have to decide what their breaking point is. It would definitely be important to have the local mayors and police departments involved, as they are the ones enforcing in our local downtown business districts” said Representative Rob Kauffman. Myers said he also expects more businesses to get involved. The Facebook page also mentions that attorney Chris Sheffield is providing legal support to the group.

A press release has gone out to local media about the group’s formation. Anyone wishing to support this effort to resist Governor Wolf’s tyranny should go to the group’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Fighting-Back-ReOpen-May-11th-112504430447086/ or call Shane Myers at 717-709-6246.

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Governor Wolf’s Solution to Your Unemployment? “Read a Book”

by Dwight D. Weidman

In a week where thousands of Pennsylvanians took to the streets to protest Governor Wolf’s autocratic shutdown orders and followed by the State Department of Health’s falsification of COVID19 death numbers, Governor Wolf has finally come up with a solution to all of our problems: “Read a book”.

On his Facebook page, Wolf wrote, “Things haven’t been easy lately. There is no better time to retreat into a book, unwind and relax.”

As people are watching their businesses go under or are losing their jobs or going hungry, Wolf takes the typical disconnected liberal view of their plight.

So, there you have it, just read a book and everything will be better.

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Encouraging the Quislings Among Us, Now PA Encouraging us to Snitch on Each Other

by Dwight D. Weidman

As a baby boomer, I grew up watching a lot of war movies. In my childhood, World War Two was still fresh in the minds of most. A common theme in those films were stories of Nazi-occupied countries. I can recall one in particular about a peaceful Norwegian village occupied by brutal German forces. Most of the Norwegians chafed under the Nazis and their tyrannical rule, but there was always this one guy in the village who thought it was better for everyone to do what they were told and serve the evil occupiers, for their own good, of course. In this particular movie, the character was named Karl Arnesen, and was sympathetic to the Nazis even before the war began. People like Karl Arnesen were called Quislings, after an infamous Norwegian collaborator. As the plot developed, Arnesen helped the Nazis by informing on his neighbors and reporting anyone who resisted the occupation, for their own good, of course. When several villagers developed a plan to take a boat to England to join the resistance, Karl Arnesen got wind of it and ran to the Germans. Karl was instructed to go with the villagers, and was to carry a light to signal the Nazis and again betray his neighbors, for their own good, of course. Fortunately, the loyal Norwegians discovered Arnesen’s treachery, and just before he could signal the Nazis, he was overpowered and sent for a swim in the cold, dark waters of the Norwegian Fjord—all for his own good, of course!

Today, it seems that we have our own Quislings among us. They are called progressives, or liberals, or just Democrats, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health is trying to enlist them to rat out their neighbors or employers who may not be complying with Governor Wolf’s tyrannical directives on the Covid19 panic. Thanks to the Aaron Bernstein for State Representative Campaign and the Keystone Report, we now know that the Department of Health has launched an online form to enable Pennsylvanians to turn in friends and neighbors for “violations” of social distancing, covid19 brainwashing sessions, and other horrible crimes, all for their own good, of course. There is probably no reward other than the great feeling of accomplishment a Quisling would get for turning in someone who dared to resist the authority of the state, but you all get the point.

Folks, you now see the future before you. Someday, the same snitches will be turning you in for having a gun, using too much fossil fuel, or engaging in the left’s ever-changing version of “hate speech”, but don’t worry, because it will be for your own good….of course.

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Caught in a Lie, Wolf Administration Scrambles to Cover its Tracks on False Covid19 Death Figures

by Dwight D. Weidman

Never underestimate the power of modern medicine! It seems that overnight, 201 people in PA who were supposed to be victims of the Chinese Wuhan Virus suddenly came back to life! A couple of days ago, PA Health Secretary Rachel Levine added 269 deaths to the Pennsylvania count, including 10 to the Franklin County number of zero, only to be almost immediately being called out by several County Coroners, Representative Rob Kauffman and State Senator Douglas Mastriano. It seems that almost none of the extra 269 cases were real or had been recorded and passed to the state from the Coroners, and the numbers were quickly revised today. Franklin County actually has reported its first death due to lagging test results, but not the 10 that were reported by the state. Lagging, assumed, or post-mortem testing results do account for 68 of the total number, but the 201 reported deaths on which the state had to backtrack are “still under investigation”.

It was indeed ironic that the fake numbers were released the day after a few thousand Pennsylvanians converged on the State Capitol to protest Governor Wolf’s draconian shutdown orders that are financially strangling our citizens. It’s pretty apparent that there are still many citizens who are easily driven to hysteria by a health scare, even an overhyped one, so no doubt the tyrannical Wolf saw this as a golden opportunity to keep the panic going. Wolf has been just one of a number of Democrat governors who have seized this opportunity to strangle our booming economy to hurt President Trump’s chances in an election year. With virus case and death numbers coming down nearly everywhere, you can bet that stunts like this from the Democrats will become more common. Judging from citizen reaction, Wolf’s tactics are likely gong to backfire and serve up Pennsylvania to the President on a silver platter on November 3rd.

We should all be thankful that we have people like our elected representatives and row officers keeping watch!

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We’re getting close!

I’ve been really busy with the Facebook page and a new page on http://www.usa.life, so the website has been on the back burner. Trying to learn WordPress before I commit to a deluxe package, but we’ll get there.

FUTURE ARTICLES:

-“The Franklin County County Follies”, a humorous look at the train wreck known as the Franklin County Republican Committee

-“How to get a State Senate seat without really trying”

-“The Sordid History of the Franklin County Reagan Coalition, aka ‘Democrats Anonymous”

Stay tuned…it’s going to be fun!

Congressman John Joyce, Trump Campaign and Others Sue Pennsylvania Over Mail-in Voting. Franklin County among Defendents

Tuesday 30 June 2020

The Trump re-election campaign, Republican National Committee, and other parties, including 13th District Congressman John Joyce have filed a lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and all 67 county election boards, including Franklin County, over mail-in voting. The lawsuit alleges that Secretary of the Commonwealth, Kathy Boockvar, along with at least 20 counties have violated the state’s own law by  failing to properly administer Act 77, which expanded mail-in voting. The lawsuit claims that rules were changed before the June 2nd Primary primarily for Democrat-controlled counties and that un-monitored mail-in ballots were allowed to be delivered to other locations other than directly to county election boards, as specified by law.

Apparently, in some counties, ballots were allowed to be delivered to shopping centers, parking lots, fairgrounds, parks, retirement homes, college campuses, fire halls, municipal government buildings, and elected officials’ offices.

In addition, the lawsuit addresses irregularities in vote counting procedures in Philadelphia as well as the preclusion of poll-watchers from many vote-counting locations.

It is pretty apparent that the Wolf Administration used the June Primary as a dry run in a plan to steal the election for Joe Biden in Pennsylvania, a critical swing state.

The lawsuit can be viewed in PDF format HERE.

 

Disgusting: Franklin County DA Matt Fogal Bows to Black Lives Matter and Backs Joe Biden

Thursday June 11, 2020                                                                 by Dwight D. Weidman

In a thoroughly disgusting letter dated 7 June, 2020 and addressed to “Franklin County Citizens”, Franklin County District Attorney Matthew Fogal expressed solidarity with leftist hate group Black Lives Matter, the same group that has been rioting, burning and murdering citizens and police officers nationwide.  Fogal also took the opportunity to join Deep State operative James Mattis in attacking President Trump and in all but name encouraging Republicans to vote for sleazy Democrat Joe Biden in November.

Fogal has been District Attorney since 2009, taking office after the untimely death of then DA Jack Nelson.  At the time of Nelson’s death, Fogal was a registered Independent, but quickly changed his registration to Republican so that he could run for the office of DA.  Fogal also almost immediately joined the vile group of renegade “Republicans” known as “The Franklin County Reagan Coalition”, which was founded in 2008 to compete with the local Republican Party. In June 2014, the Reagan Coalition took over the local party and in the ensuing years have succeeded in dismantling all of the progress made by Republicans in the preceding 20 years by bleeding the treasury and shutting down virtually all voter outreach operations.

In return for Fogal’s fealty and monetary contributions, the RINOs of the Reagan Coalition work to ensure that Fogal will always run unopposed, a tactic that they employ with all politicians under their control.

When I discovered the Fogal letter (below), I admit that I found it hard to believe that he would pen such a treacherous piece, so I confirmed it by emailing Matt. He responded that he did write it, almost sounding proud of it.  Fogal is the third local Republican to go off the rails lately, with County Commissioner Dave Keller and Chambersburg Mayor Walt Bietsch joining the Democrats and their Governor Tom Wolf to keep Franklin County locked down despite the decline in Coronavirus cases.  The fact that local Republican officeholders seem emboldened to come out as “Democrats in all but name” is due to a local Republican Party that is all but dead, and under the control of the liberals in the comically-misnamed Reagan Coalition. In fact, the local titular and unelected party chairman has all but quit on the job, having not been seen nor heard from for months.

Suffice it to say that the citizens of one of the most conservative counties in Pennsylvania deserve better. The top county law enforcement officer in the county should be working to protect the citizenry, and not bowing to threats from an anti-American hate group.

In other words, Matt Fogal is incapable of doing his job, and should resign immediately. Failing that, Republicans should find a law and order candidate to unseat him in 2023.

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PA House and Senate Pass Concurrent Resolution 836 To ReOpen the State

10:00 PM June 9, 2020                                              By Dwight D. Weidman

According to Franklin County Representative Paul Schemel, the House passed a resolution tonight to end the governor’s COVID-19 emergency declaration. This was done on a 121-81, bipartisan vote. The Senate has already passed the same resolution.

Under the Pennsylvania Constitution, the General Assembly has the authority to terminate a state of disaster emergency at any time by concurrent resolution. Upon adoption of the resolution, the governor must issue an executive order or proclamation ending the state of disaster emergency. Today’s House vote completes the concurrent resolution process.

Now, let’s see what lawless Governor Tom Wolf will do. Keep in mind that there is already a resolution of impeachment seeking sponsors in the House.

Your move, Governor!

 

Wolf Waffles and Turns Franklin Yellow

Dwight D. Weidman 22 May 2020

It appears Governor Wolf is feeling some pressure, even from those in his own party. It has been reported that many Philly-area Dems are fed up with Wolf’s over-the-top lockdowns, especially in light of evidence that the lockdowns do more harm than good, a fact that even Dr. Anthony Fauci acknowledged today. Wolf’s Health Department was also caught in and admission that they were mixing data on top types of COVID19 tests, which would inflate the virus case filters.

It was announced today that Franklin County, along with others, will be moved from “Red” to “Yellow” a week from today, a move that will lighten some lockdown restrictions.

As regions or counties move into this phase, some restrictions on work and social interaction will ease. The purpose of this phase is to begin reopening the economy while keeping the spread of disease contained as much as possible. Restrictions will be adjusted as necessary based on public health indicators.

  • Businesses with in-person operations must follow safety orders, as well as CDC/Department of Health guidelines for social distancing and cleaning
  • Working remotely must continue where feasible
  • Child care facilities can open but must follow safety orders, as well as CDC/Department of Health guidelines for social distancing and cleaning
  • Large gatherings of more than 25 people prohibited
  • Restaurants and bars remain limited to takeout and delivery only
  • Indoor recreation, gyms, spas and entertainment facilities (including casinos and theaters) remain closed.
  • In-person retail allowed, but curbside and delivery service is preferable
  • Stay-at-home orders lifted

Despite Wolf’s easing us into the Yellow phase. Many of us think that it’s time to allow people to get on with their lives. We’ve “flattened the curve”, so we should be totally out of lockdown.

There will be a peaceful demonstration Saturday 23 May at 10 AM in the Chambersburg Center Square with speakers as listed on the lead image. Feel free to attend if you want to reopen Franklin County.

Local Long Term Care Facilities on PA List for COVID19 Cases and Deaths

May 19, 2020 by Dwight D. Weidman

With a growing number of nursing home Covid19 cases and deaths, along with increasing pressure from the public, Pennsylvania released a list of long-term care facilities where the Coronavirus has infected or killed residents.

Included on that list is four facilities in Franklin County, with two showing substantial number of cases among both residences and employees, along with a number of deaths.

The numbers for each Franklin County Long Term Care facility are as follows (an asterisk* means that less than 5 cases or deaths have been reported for that facility, so the state has redacted the number for privacy purposes):

Facility – Resident Cases – Employee Cases – Deaths

Manorcare Chambersburg – 57 – 10 – *

Providence Place Chambersburg – * – 0 – 0

Shook Home – 42 – * – 6

Spiritrust Lutheran Luther Ridge – * – 0 – 0

One nearby Cumberland County facility located in Shippensburg, Shippensburg Health Care Center, had 88 resident cases, 18 employee cases and 23 deaths.

Latest Data Proves that Panic was Unwarranted

Turzai Letter Reveals Virus Confined to High Risk Groups

Monday May 18th, 2020 by Dwight D. Weidman

The latest data obtained from a letter sent out by House Speaker Mike Turzai on Sunday shows that the Coronavirus case and death rate have been blown way out of context as related to the public at large. Even the death numbers may be exaggerated as revealed by numbers published from other states such as Colorado which show the CDC counting cases of death not caused by Covid19 as Coronavirus deaths. Over two months ago, on March 5th, 2020, the topic of my bi-weekly column in the Chambersburg Public Opinion, I wrote that COVID19, or the Wuhan Coronavirus was being overhyped and would be used by the Democrats, media and politicians of every stripe to their advantage. The column, entitled: “Don’t believe all the Hype over the Coronavirus” was written before all of the government overreach and before our local politicians first joined in the panic, and then tied to reverse themselves to appear like they were trying to protect us from our Governor’s dictatorial lockdown decrees. Well, it’s always nice to be able to say “I told you so”.

All of the bragging aside, some very revealing numbers have been released by the Speaker of the PA House, Mike Turzai in a letter with today’s date. The letter, shown below, is addressed to House members and contains the latest analysis of the Covid19 death rates in Pennsylvania, and they reveal that the worst effects of the disease are concentrated mainly among very high risk groups, and not the general population.

As you can see from the letter, almost 70% of deaths occurred in nursing home and care home settings, and 90% of the deaths were among people who had one or more complicating factors such as heart disease or other severe conditions. The letter goes on to state that as of May 15th, 2020, only 5% of available hospital beds were occupied by COVID19 patients and just over 1% were on ventilators.

To think that we have destroyed millions of jobs and lives in our country over this hype is sickening, even more sickening than the virus itself. There needs to be a reckoning!

Governor Wolf Keeps Franklin County Locked Down as Punishment Despite Treachery of Local Officials

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May 15, 2020

By Dwight D. Weidman 

Well, it appears that the cowering of Franklin County Commissioners Dave Keller and Bob Ziobrowski and Chambersburg Mayor Walt Bietsch did no good, as Governor Tom Wolf today moved twelve more counties into the “Yellow” phase of opening, except for Franklin County. As you can see from the map below, counties all around Franklin have been allowed to open, despite our low case and death numbers, which themselves are probably based on outdated information.

may 15 reopeningIt’s clear that Wolf is out to teach us a lesson for resisting his illegal decrees, and that the cowardice of a few local turncoats only wetted his appetite for more power.  Now is the time for all of the legislators who signed the letter to Wolf last weekend to actually show us something more than words and organize some action on the ground as well as legislative measures to resist this tyrant.  As a starter, those officials who called on Wolf to reopen PA should openly denounce the three turncoats who joined Wolf and pledge to work for their removal. Failure to do that will reveal that they are all just two sides of the same coin.