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!

 

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.

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.

 

Three Franklin County Turncoats Join Wolf’s War on Pennsylvania

May 13, 2020

by Dwight D. Weidman

Walt Bietsch, the Mayor of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and Franklin County Commissioners Dave Keller and Bob Ziobrowski have turned on their fellow Franklin Countians and joined the PA Governor who attacked his own citizens, calling them “cowards” and “deserters” for wanting to reopen their businesses.

All three of these turncoats are now supporting Tom Wolf’s punishment of Franklin County and have agreed that both the Boro of Chambersburg and Franklin County must remain under lockdown until June 4th.

It isn’t surprising that Commissioner Bob Ziobrowski, a Democrat has joined Wolf, but as late as this weekend, it was rumored that Commissioner Keller, a Republican, wanted to sign the “open on May 15th letter” sent to the governor by Franklin County’s legislative delegation and Commissioner John Flannery. The question is, who got to Keller?

Chambersburg Mayor, Walter Bietsch is even a bigger surprise, after making a splash by announcing he wouldn’t enforce the governor’s “red” lockdown edict in March. It was reported today that Bietsch tucked his tail between his legs and did a quick retreat by issuing this weak statement: “While the appropriateness of the ‘red’ phase designation is subject to debate, local elected officials do not have the authority to independently permit non-waivered businesses to open during this ‘red’ phase,” Bietsch said. “Non-waivered business owners/operators, who choose to open, do so at their own peril, considering the possible negative impacts that they may experience from the Wolf Administration, for violating the business closure order.”

Benedict Arnold would be so proud of you, Mayor Bietsch!

In the case of the two turncoat commissioners, they released an open letter to the residents of Franklin County announcing their treachery. Apparently not content with sticking residents with $100 million of debt for a questionably-managed courthouse project, they now want to crush small businesses across the county. Below is an image of the letter from the Newstalk 103.7 website.

It’s time for the people of Franklin County to let these people know how you feel. For Chambersburg residents, you don’t have to wait too long to get rid of Mayor Bietsch, since the election for Mayor is in 2021. To get rid of Dave Keller and Bob Ziobrowski, you have to wait until 2023. Maybe in addition to going to Harrisburg to demonstrate, you should schedule a big rally closer to home!

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.

It’s On! Governor Wolf Declares War on Pennsylvania Citizens

May 11, 2020

By Dwight D. Weidman

The revolt by a dozen or more Pennsylvania counties who are opening up their businesses against the dictatorial edicts of Democrat Governor Tom Wolf has apparently thrown him into a blind rage, which was further exacerbated by a Tweet from President Trump in support of Pennsylvania patriots and a news conference by State Senator and gubernatorial aspirant Doug Mastriano, in which he called for the resignation of the incompetent Health Secretary Rachel Levine.

Wolf attacked business owners who reopen from coronavirus shutdowns before they are allowed and the politicians who have encouraged them, calling them “cowardly”, threatening serious consequences to both groups.

Wolf said he would revoke state licenses for businesses that open early and stop some state funding to county governments, saying businesses that open before the state allows could lose licenses that are required to operate, including liquor licenses, health certificates and certificates of occupancy.

“These folks are choosing to desert in the face of the enemy, in the middle of a war that Pennsylvanians are winning and must win,” said Wolf, seemingly angry at times, at a press briefing.

Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman stated that companies that ignore Wolf’s edicts could be jeopardizing their insurance coverage and putting themselves at risk of having their claims denied, adding that many policies have provisions that exclude coverage stemming from “illegal acts or conduct,” and could result in denied claims for property damage, protection from liability and other hazards should a business decide to reopen in violation of Wolf’s order.

So there you have it, folks. If any public official can rule us by decree and without our consent, we just as well should be in 1933 Nazi Germany. In a free society, the burden of convincing people to suspend their rights is on government, and government has failed to do that. We are probably closer to a violent confrontation with tyranny than we have been since 1775.

In an earlier article, I predicted that this would be an interesting week, and it’s certainly looking that way.

UPDATE: Franklin County Follows other Central PA Counties in Defiance of Wolf Lockdown Order

10:00 PM May 9th 2020

By Dwight D. Weidman

As we told you at about 2:30 PM today, Franklin County legislators, who we strongly urged to follow other PA jurisdictions in defying Governor Wolf’s lockdown order, finally prepared a letter stating that Franklin County would resume reopening on May 15th. According to our sources who were involved with the the process of gathering signatures, State Senator Doug Mastriano jumped the gun and released the letter early before all of the signatures could be obtained. At least one more county official, Commissioner David Keller, wanted to sign the letter, but was kept from doing so by Mastriano’s attention-grabbing haste. Keller had opposed Mastriano in the questionable and possibly tainted process in which he was selected by political insiders for the vacancy created by the sudden resignation of State Senator Richard Alloway in early 2019, so there is no doubt some friction there.

Mastriano is known to have aspirations for higher office, such as Governor, and his current job is widely regarded as a stepping stone. It remains to be seen how he will survive the tough vetting process that goes with seeking a statewide office. Senator Pat Toomey is also known to be interested in the governor’s mansion. The governor’s race will soon be the topic of an upcoming article here.

Despite all of the spotlighting, we are happy that Franklin County legislators finally got in line behind at least five other counties who have defied Wolf in the last few days. The Franklin County letter was a bit more ambiguous and weaker than the Lebanon County original, so we’ll see how it will all play out.

It appears that Governor Wolf is losing control of the process of dealing with COVID19 as dissatisfaction with his handling of the epidemic and doubts about the competence of his administration grow. The next week or so should be interesting!