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The state senate candidate claims to be a tax-cutting farm preservationist, yet his record tells a completely different story about the transplant from Canada. So, who is ...

The Real Paul Thibault by Ron Harper, Jr. Lancaster Post

Paul Thibault glided to the podium before a small

courthouse crowd. With his tailored suit, easy smile, sparkling eyes, and silver hair, as always, perfectly combed, Thibault’s gracious manner and smooth baritone made him seem almost of royalty. This was December, 2003, and Paul Thibault’s last public appearance as a Lancaster County Commissioner, and he was among friends. Thibault warmly thanked his staff by name, of course, and then spoke the only known public words about his pre-Lancaster origins: “I wasn’t born here, I wasn’t raised here, I remember the day I arrived here. … I got on the plane at Lester Pearson International Airport in Toronto - flew down to Lancaster airport - it was April of 1980.” When he landed, Paul Thibault was a month away from turning 33 years of age. Little is known about Paul Thibault’s almost 30 years in Canada (see sidebar), but much of his time in Lancaster is part of the public record. This report will examine that record. Beginnings In 1984, four years after Ronald Reagan was elected, Paul Thibault, now 37, changed his party affiliation and registered for the first time as a Republican. This claim clashed with Thibault’s later campaign literature where he claimed to be a “lifelong Republican.” In 1987, Thibault ran as a candidate for Lancaster County treasurer. He won that election, and the next one, and served as treasurer for eight years. During his first year as county treasurer, Thibault was also a traveling salesman for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) firm. According to a lawsuit filed in Lancaster County, Thibault claimed an annual salary of $30,000 with a commission of $35,000 for every MRI site developed. This money was in addition to collecting a full-time salary from the county. The distinguishing part of his terms as treasurer – apart from the lucrative side income -- is that the county collected more taxes, by far, when he left office than when he was elected. This wasn’t his fault, of course. It is the treasurer’s job only to collect and keep track of, not levy, tax money coming to the county. But the fact is at the time Thibault took office, in 1987, the county collected $24.3 million in taxes; in 1995, when he left office, Lancaster County was collecting $44.6 million – an 84% increase. During the same time period, tax delinquency more than doubled! From his vantage as county treasurer, Thibault, more than any county official, knew of the increasing tax burden put on the Lancaster County taxpayer. All of that money came through Paul Thibault. County Commissioner Paul Thibault ran for Lancaster County Commissioner in1995 and then in 1999. It was in his second race that Thibault an unendorsed Republican found,

himself in a tight three-way primary race, and did enough get himself (along with Pete Shaub) elected as the two Republicans on the ballot for the general election. Thibault narrowly won the second GOP slot largely by spending what was then considered an exorbitant amount of money – over $200,000 – on a county-wide campaign. During that campaign, Thibault created and massmailed a four-page, glossy, full-color brochure that was supposed to answer all the questions about his past and who he really was. Instead, it raised more

Paul Thibault: The Canadian Years

1949: Paul Thibault, age 2, moved with his family to Quebec City, Quebec 1953: Family moved to Windsor, Ontario 1963: Thibault said that “he set off that fall in pursuit of a college degree.” “Set off”? Actually, he walked further to his Catholic boys’ high school than to college! He lived across the street from the university. 1968: was listed as “Available for Military service” from August 13, 1968 until the draft was ended in mid 1973. In December of 1969 Thibault’s draft number was 34 (1- 195 were drafted) and he never reported for the physical. 1968-73: Thibault claimed that he was getting his advanced degree during these years.The truth? He didn’t get his doctorate until 1980. 1970-71: Thibault went to Paris for an academic “certificate” while his peers were being drafted. In 1972, Thibault claimed he was still in college -- four years after graduating. questions. The brochure reads like the opening of a biography of a major historical figure: “The Paul Thibault story begins in Hartford, Connecticut, where Paul was born in 1947. It was there that Paul, the fourth of six children, learned the values that would shape his life…” Unless Thibault “learned the values that would shape his life” in his first two years of life, this statement is untrue. Thibault and his family moved to Canada in 1949, when Paul was two years old, and Thibault lived in Canada until he got on that plane in 1980. The less-than-honest mailer wasn’t raised as an issue during the campaign, and Paul Thibault won that election, and found himself a county commissioner. Paul Thibault’s first term was defined by a decided closeness with the biggest companies in the county, particularly the companies of one S. Dale High, the largest builder/industrialist in the region. It was

High’s companies who found itself time and again, the beneficiary of tax breaks and subsidies from the county and state. Dale had a friend in Paul Thibault. At the end of his first term, Thibault introduced, and vote for, a bed tax that would subsidize a $30 million publicly owned convention center along side a privately owned $45 million hotel. The tax was imposed on all county hotel, motel and bed & breakfast establishments. Mom & Pop motels in Mountville, or Ephrata, or Strasburg, or Elizabethtown, anywhere in the county, now had to charge their customers a 3.9% tax on every rented room. This meant that hotel and motel owners throughout the county were literally paying for their direct competition because a High-owned hotel was intertwined with the financing of convention center project. During Thibault’s time as commissioner, bonded debt increased from $54.1 to $152.9 million dollars. One of Paul Thibault’s last acts as County Commissioner, conducted mere days before he strode confidently to that podium, was to introduce and get passed, a $40 million county-backed guarantee of convention center debt. This vote – taken just months before leaving office -- cost taxpayers $400,000 in immediate fees, and millions of dollars lost in interest. The purpose of the bond guarantee? To effectively bind future commissioners to support Penn Square Partners, one half of which was one S. Dale High. The Next Step Today, Paul Thibault is running to become the state senator for the 13th District of Pennsylvania, which encompasses a large part of Lancaster County, including the city of Lancaster. Thibault is seeking to replace Gibson E. Armstrong, the current Senate Appropriations Chairman. Armstrong’s support of the convention center project rivals Thibault’s in its fervency. Armstrong went as far to personally twice rewrite state law to benefit the project and undermine legal challenges. This campaign, Paul Thibault has received an $11,000 campaign donation from S. Dale High. While this donation is considered large, the millions of dollars of public money that Thibault has funneled to High and his associates and aligned companies has yet to be counted. Current estimates are more than $50 million. In his senate campaign literature, Thibault touts his farmland preservation record, yet he missed an average of 42% of all farmland preservation meetings when he was commissioner. A number of meetings were canceled because the lack of a quorum. But he still puts that on his mass-mailers. So the answer to the question: “Who is the real Paul Thibault?” seems to depend on whether you listen to Thibault’s words, or look at his deeds.

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John McCain

Lancaster County, like the rest of the nation, is suffering from the troubled economy. What is your economic stimulus plan? I will fight to cut taxes, stop wasteful pork-barrel spending, break down barriers to American goods overseas, and foster innovation to drive the American economy in the 21st century. I will keep taxes low and fight to prevent the Democrats from raising taxes. I’ll eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax, saving many middle class families with children more than $2,700 a year. Cutting the corporate tax rate – the second highest in the world – from 35 percent to 25 percent will provide incentives for businesses that will spur economic growth immediately and in the long term by making our tax code more competitive. Please outline your health care initiative. My plan to reform the American health care system will lower health care costs and harness market competition. I will reform the tax code to provide all individuals with a refundable $2,500 tax credit ($5,000 for families) as incentive to buy health insurance. I will lower health care costs for all individuals by: promoting open health care markets to encourage competition; passing tort reform to eliminate frivolous lawsuits; and making prescription drugs more affordable. I support making health care savings accounts more available and strengthening the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. Families should be in charge of their health care dollars and have more control over their

Hillary Clinton

Side by Side is a regular feature of the Lancaster Post where our editors ask two or more parties on different sides of the same issue the same questions. In this edition we interview the candidates for President of the United States.

Barack Obama

Lancaster County, like the rest of Lancaster County, like the rest of the nation, is suffering from the the nation, is suffering from the troubled economy. What is your troubled economy. What is your economic stimulus plan? economic stimulus plan? I was the first to raise the need for My economic stimulus plan will economic stimulus last December. provide immediate, temporary, diI also proposed a comprehensive rect relief targeted to the people who stimulus proposal to inject $110 bilneed it and are most likely to use the lion into the American economy that funds to re-energize our economy. included tax rebates, unemployment Building on my call for a stimulus insurance, assistance for home heatplan in January, I recently called for ing bills, investments in green collar a $30 billion second stimulus projob growth, and help for communiposal that provides additional relief ties facing growing foreclosures. to struggling Americans and seeks to While I support the tax relief prostem the housing crisis, which convisions in the recently passed stimutinues to drag down the rest of our lus plan, I believe it was a mistake economy. My package calls on the that we failed to include measures to President and Congress to extend help struggling homeowners. That’s relief to state and local governments why I called for a second stimulus hardest hit by the housing downturn last month that includes $30 billion and expand Unemployment Insurfor communities to acquire vacant ance. I have also called for the improperties, undertake anti-blight mediate creation of a Foreclosure initiatives, and help families facing Prevention Fund to provide emerforeclosure. Under my plan, Penngency assistance to families facsylvania would receive $1.7 biling foreclosure and creating a new lion, with $26 million for Lancaster Federal Housing Administration County alone. If we can extend a program that provides meaningful $30 billion lifeline to a Wall Street incentives for lenders to buy or rebank, we can extend a $30 billion finance existing mortgages and conlifeline to help communities in vert them into stable 30-year fixed Pennsylvania and across the country mortgages. weather the housing crisis. Please outline your health care Please outline your health care initiative. initiative. I am committed to signing uniMy American Health Choices versal health legislation by the end Plan covers all Americans and imof my first term in office that ensures proves health care by lowering costs all Americans have high-quality, afand improving quality. It offers fordable health care coverage. My more choices and lowers costs. If plan will ensure that all Americans you like the plan you have, you can have health care coverage through keep it. If you’re one of the tens of their employers, private health millions of Americans without covplans, the federal government, or erage or if you don’t like the coverthe states. My plan will save a typiSide by Side continues on page 6...

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Ron Paul

Lancaster County, like the rest of the nation, is suffering from the troubled economy. What is your economic stimulus plan? To immediately strengthen the economy and lay the groundwork for continued prosperity, I have proposed a four-part plan that involves lower taxes, less spending, a sound monetary policy, and regulatory reform. We can take several immediate steps to reform our archaic tax system and give Americans their money back, and we can end the income tax and abolish the IRS by reigning in Congress’ extravagant spending. As president, I will also veto any unbalanced budget and demand that Congress address wasteful spending. Lower taxes and less government spending will put more money in your pocket. A sound monetary policy will increase the value of that

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The paper you are holding represents the fresh air of competition now blowing through Lancaster County. For too long, one company has held a monopoly over print news coverage for the County. No longer. Lancaster Post is a free, weekly newspaper that will cover the issues and events important to the people of Lancaster County. And, unlike the competition, we do so with no vested interests. In our first issue, we feature the next President of the United States. The Presidential candidates answer questions in an item we call “Side-by-Side,” where we ask two (or more) sides of an issue the same questions and give them the same time and space to answer them. We were persistent, and were able to obtain the participation of Senator John McCain, Senator Barack Obama, Senator Hillary Clinton, and Congressman Ron Paul. Our cover story looks at Paul Thibault, republican candidate for the state senate in the 13th District. Not much is known about Mr. Thibault, despite his many years as a public official. Post editor Ron Harper, Jr. takes a look at “The Real Paul Thibault” in this week’s cover story. If you’re looking for something to do for fun, turn the center-spread of the paper for our Entertainment Guide. The left side are events for the whole family, the right for more grown up activities. We encourage organizations and businesses to send us your events so we can let the county know where and when they are happening. We will also feature our local professional baseball team, the Lancaster Barnstormers, during their season, which begins April 25th. This issue profiles former Philadelphia Philly, Von Hayes, who begins his first season as manager of the ballclub. We expect to be ‘Barnstormers Central,’ the place you’ll turn for scores, schedules and analysis of the team. It should be a great season! Our companion website,, reproduces the print edition and will have additional features not found in the print edition. We expect the newspaper to ‘midwife’ the reading public in its transition from print to the ‘net in Lancaster County. We will do this by aggressively supplementing the paper with regular daily website updates. Finally, and this is important, we intend to have a bit of fun with our world around us. We want to share that humor with our readers. Both Lancaster Post and will reflect our “tweak of the cheek” approach. We don’t mess around with the facts, never, but where appropriate, we’ll weigh in with an opinion that might raise an eyebrow or two. And, like we said, we like to have a laugh and expect you, our readers, will appreciate that. There is so much more to the Post than we can list here in this little introduction to our paper -- restaurant reviews, insightful columnists, puzzles, and more. If you like what you see, please tell your friends. If you don’t like what you see, still tell your friends. Of course, and by all means, please let us know what you think our paper and website. Oh, and if you happen to patronize one of our advertisers, please let them know you saw their ad in the Post. We’d appreciate that. We hope you enjoy the Post as much as we enjoy giving it to you. Ronald P. Harper, Jr. Christiaan A. Hart Nibbrig Publishers/Editors Sound off! Send your Letters to the Editor to:

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Page 5 “Penn Square Partners will be paying just over $38 million over 20 years for a $76 million building. That is a very good deal for Penn Square Partners, but a really bad deal for taxpayers.”

Taxpayer Tragedy

street level). Funding for the convention center would be provided by a $15 million state grant, and $15 million in bonds floated by a new convention cenBy Artie See ter authority. Historic tax credits and Lancaster Post Contributor “Tax Increment Financing” were to help finance construction of the private Rising into the sky, floor by floor, a hotel. At the time, it was estimated that tall hotel is being built. When finished, the hotel would pay $475,000 a year in the hotel will tower over Penn Square city, county, and school property taxes. in downtown Lancaster. The hotel is The project under construction right owned by the taxpayers of the city of now is currently estimated to cost about Lancaster, although few locals will step $176 million. The convention center inside its doors, and a private business alone is expected to cost just over $100 partnership stands to benefit the most million, and cover 183,917 square feet from it. (not including 66,745 square feet of Today, the cost of building that ho- “shared space” with the hotel). State grants for the Convention Center: The Tale of the Tape project still total $15 mil lion to date, 1999 2008 although another $1.5 Total Cost: $75,000,000 $169,000,000 million is (asking for $6M more) promised, and another Private Private Cost: $45,000,000 $11,000,000 $3 million is being sought. Public Cost: $30,000,000 $158,000,000 The Lancaster County Est. Taxes Paid to School Distrtic of Lancaster: C o n ven $400,000/year $0 tion CenEst. Taxes paid to City of Lancaster: ter Author $75,000/year $0 ity [LCCCA] % Public Funding: bond sale 40.00% 93.5% in March of % Private Funding: 2007 was for 60.00% 6.5% nearly $64 million, to be tel and the publicly owned convention paid back over 40 years with proceeds center attached to it approaches $180 from the “hotel tax,” the tax levied million, virtually all of it paid for and against all county hotel and motel ownguaranteed by the public. It didn’t start out that way. In August of 1999, the public was first introduced to the idea of a hotel and convention center at Penn Square in downtown Lancaster. According to published reports, the $75 million project would include a $20 million 61,000 square foot convention center, a $7 million expansion of the King St. Parking Garage, and a privately funded $45 million luxury hotel in the former Watt & Shand building (with retail shops at

ers that goes the LCCCA and the PA Dutch Visitors Bureau. The site of the former Watt & Shand building is no longer owned by the hotel developer Penn Square Partners, which is owned 50% by High Associates and 50% by Lancaster Newspapers. Instead, the hotel is currently being built and will be owned by the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Lancaster [RACL]. The size of the hotel has increased from 281 rooms to 300, and the estimated cost of the hotel has increased from $45 million to nearly $76 million. What has changed the most with the hotel is the financing: the only private investment in the hotel is $11 million in unspecified “equity,” plus $24 million in “lease” payments over the next 20 years. State tax dollars already committed to the “private” hotel total over $37 million to date, not including interest on a $14.5 million bond; another $3 million has been requested to complete the project. At the end of 20 years, Penn Square Partners will have the option of purchasing the hotel building for an estimated $2.25 million. Until that happens, Lancaster City taxpayers are ultimately responsible for the hotel. RACL ownership means the Penn Square Partners will pay no real estate taxes at all for at least 20 years. This also eliminates any possibility of “Tax Increment Financing” credits, since no real estate taxes will be paid. Historic tax credits for the hotel were denied, because the hotel plans were determined by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission to be out of character

for the landmark Watt & Shand building (which before being demolished was listed on the National Register of Historic Places). The Penn Square Partners will be paying just over $38 million over 20 years for a $76 million building. That is a very good deal for Penn Square Partners, but a really bad deal for taxpayers. Complicating the matter is the “shared space.” This includes parts of the buildings that are jointly being built and will be shared by the LCCCA and RACL, most of which will be maintained by the LCCCA (for which the Penn Square Partners will pay $100 a year to use). This blurs the line between how much of the project is convention center, and how much of it is hotel. Both the hotel and the convention center will be jointly managed by the company hand selected by Penn Square Partners -- Interstate Hotels and Resorts. Under the terms of the agreements which govern this project, the LCCCA has practically no control over the management and operation of its own convention center. How did this project get so far out of control? In future columns, we will try to answer that question. You can email Artie See at:

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Ron Paul

money and drive down the costs of care. Patients should have a larger age you have, you can choose from cal American family up to $2,500 evliving by requiring transparency at role in both prevention and care, givdozens of the same plans available to ery year on medical expenditures by the Federal Reserve. We must also ing them more freedom to make demembers of Congress, or you can opt providing affordable, comprehensive be willing to undertake regulatory cisions about their health care needs. into a public plan option like Medi- and portable health coverage for evreform. I would put a high priority What is your position on gun concare. Premiums will be capped at a ery American; modernizing the U.S. on repealing Sarbanes-Oxley, which trol, including an assault weappercentage of income, and insurance health care system to contain spiralhas had an extremely damaging efons ban? companies will be prohibited from ing health care costs and improve fect on our economy. I am a strong defender of the right discriminating on the basis of pre- the quality of patient care; and proPlease outline your health care to bear arms, having supported the existing conditions. Insurance will moting prevention and strengtheninitiative. restoration of Second Amendment be portable so if you lose your job ing public health to prevent disease Health care should not be left up rights where they have been eroded, or change jobs, you can take your and protect against natural and manto HMOs, big drug companies, and and the right of law-abiding citihealth plan with you. made disasters. government bureaucrats. I support zens to carry concealed weapons. I What is your position on gun con- What is your position on gun conmaking all medical expenses tax dehave consistently opposed and voted trol, including an assault weap- trol, including an assault weapductible, eliminating federal regulaagainst: restrictions on so-called “asons ban? ons ban? tions that discourage small businesssault weapons,” the banning of cerI believe that every citizen has a I believe the Second Amendes from providing coverage, giving tain types of ammunition magazines, right to bear arms under the Sec- ment creates an individual right, and doctors the freedom to collectively waiting periods for law-abiding citiond Amendment. I also believe that I greatly respect the constitutional negotiate with insurance companies zens’ purchase of firearms and the along with that right comes the re- rights of Americans to bear arms. I and drive down the cost of medical confiscation of firearms from private sponsibility to keep guns out of the also believe that the right is subject care, making every American elicitizens during a domestic crisis or hands of criminals and terrorists. We to reasonable and commonsense gible for a Health Savings Account emergency. can take reasonable steps to protect regulation that can help us keep guns (HSA), removing the requirement Please state your view on aborAmericans from gun violence, and at off the streets and away from crimithat individuals must obtain a hightion, including partial birth aborthe same time, safeguard the right of nals such as closing the gun show deductible insurance policy before tion. law-abiding citizens to use firearms loophole. I also support making the opening an HSA, and reforming liI am proud of my 25-year pro-life for hunting and other recreational federal Assault Weapons Ban percensure requirements so that pharrecord in the Congress. I oppose parpurposes. I believe we should rein- manent, as such weapons belong on macists and nurses can perform some tial birth abortion and support the restate the assault weapons ban. battlefields and not on our streets. basic functions to lower costs and versal of Roe v. Wade. However, the Please state your view on abor- Please state your view on aborincrease access to care. By removreversal of Roe v. Wade represents tion, including partial birth abor- tion, including partial birth aboring federal regulations, encouragonly one step in the long path toward tion. tion. ing competition, and presenting real ending abortion. Once the question I am committed to protecting a I understand that abortion is a dichoices, we can is returned to the make our health states, the fight care system the for life will be envy of the world one of courage 2860 Yellow Goose Rd. once again. and compassion Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601 What is your - the courage of a position on gun pregnant mother 717-898-0800 control, includto bring her child ing an assault into the world and weapons ban? the compassion Wholesale Propane National Service I share our of civil society Propane Delivery Turnkey Propane Systems Founders’ belief to meet her needs Tank Sales that in a free soCommunity Gas Systems and those of her

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newborn baby. The pro-life movement has done tremendous work in building and reinforcing the infrastructure of civil society by strengthening faith-based, community, and neighborhood organizations that provide critical services to pregnant mothers in need. What can be done about the rising cost of gas? Americans need relief from high gasoline prices. I believe we must act immediately to reduce the pain of high prices at the pump. We should suspend filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to reduce demand. International demand for oil is bolstered by federal purchases for the SPR. There is no reason to continue filling it when oil is so expensive, the overall SPR is of adequate size, and when it places further upward pressure on prices. Beyond that, we must lower our dependence on gasoline by promoting alternative fuels. It is vital that we reduce our need for oil from governments that do not share our values of freedom and democracy. The price of gas is an issue that won’t go away until we make a commitment to exploring new and innovative sources of energy that can be generated here in the United States. We should invest in research and development programs that will move us toward the goal of energy independence. What is the number one foreign policy concern for Americans? The battle against Islamic extremism is the transcendent struggle of our time. We must not lose our resolve in Iraq, where a retreat would have disastrous consequences not

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Barack Obama

Ron Paul

woman’s right to make the most fundamental decisions about her life and health and have announced a comprehensive agenda to reduce unintended pregnancy and enhance access to reproductive health care. When I’m president, I will appoint judges who understand that Roe v. Wade isn’t just binding legal precedent, it is the touchstone of our reproductive freedom and the embodiment of our most fundamental rights. Abortions should be legal, safe, and rare. In 2003, I supported Senator Feinstein’s amendment to prohibit late-term abortions consistent with Roe v. Wade, protecting the life and health of the mother. What can be done about the rising cost of gas? As president, I would lead us on a path towards clean, renewable energy investments to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. I will: invest $150 billion in clean energy, including establishing a $50 billion Strategic Energy Fund to demand that oil companies invest in clean energy; working to increase vehicle fuel economy standards to 55 miles per gallon; increasing the production of biofuels to 60 billion gallons by 2030. I will stop filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and implore the Federal Trade Commission to investigate market manipulation in wholesale oil prices to ensure that oil companies are not ripping off consumers. What is the number one foreign policy concern for Americans? Ending the Iraq War. As President, I will direct my senior military leadership to draw up a clear, com-

visive issue, and respect those who disagree with me. However, I have been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and will make preserving women’s rights under Roe v. Wade a priority as President. I oppose late-term abortions, but believe that there must be exceptions for the life and health of the woman. I support efforts to reduce unintended pregnancies, and in the U.S. Senate, I am an original cosponsor of the Prevention First Act to expand access to contraception, health information and preventive services. What can be done about the rising cost of gas? Unlike the Bush Administration which has let the oil companies write our national energy policy, I will crack down on oil companies that try to manipulate markets and force out cheap and clean renewable fuels from gas pumps. I will enact a windfall profits tax on oil companies, roll back all tax breaks and subsidies for oil and gas companies and invest the proceeds into helping Americans pay their energy bills and putting America on the path to energy independence. What is the number one foreign policy concern for Americans? Ending the war in Iraq so that we can effectively combat international terrorism and other national

ciety each citizen must have the right to keep and bear arms. They ratified the Second Amendment knowing that this right is the guardian of every other right, and they all would be horrified by the proliferation of unconstitutional legislation that prevents law-abiding Americans from exercising this right. I oppose any federal gun control, and will oppose any attempts to reinstate an assault weapons ban. Please state your view on abortion, including partial birth abortion. As an OB/GYN who has delivered over 4,000 babies and early in my career decided to never perform an abortion, I have long been concerned with the rights of unborn people. I have introduced H.R. 2597, the Sanctity of Life Act, and H.R. 300, the We the People Act, to Congress. H.R. 2597 would define life on the federal level as beginning at conception, and H.R. 300 would end federal court jurisdiction over abortion matters, restoring the ability and respon-

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by Tim Harper Lancaster Post

“Oh, no! My whole report is GONE!” “Honey, I can’t find that you said you sent me. Can you send it again?” Any of those lines sound familiar? If you’re like most people, you’ve fallen victim to what may be an attack by the same gremlin who steals one sock out of every load of wash, or, as is more likely the case, you’re not embracing good file management techniques. As instructors at colleges throughout the area, one of our biggest challenges is students not knowing where their files are and having trouble organizing them. File management on your computer is a lot like filing papers in your office. If you dumped every slip of paper into a single drawer, it might keep the desk from looking messy, but it’d be quite difficult to find something when you need it. You’d have to rifle through every scrap to find the one item you want. Your computer is no different, and considering the importance of some of the documents, spreadsheets, images, and so forth that you generate and store on your computer, it’s even more disastrous when you can’t find the file you need. What to do? First, stop storing everything in your My Documents folder or on the 100-block of N. Queen Street, downtown Lancaster, Desktop. You should create folders to house your files, and give those folders meancirca mid-1960s. Photographer: Ron Harper, Sr. ingful names. “My Stuff” is not a meaningful name. “Accountant” or “Insurance” or “Letters to the President” are meaningful names. And in the case of the last one, such names can make things a lot easier for the FBI if they’re ever sifting through your hard drive for incriminating documents. So how do you make and organize these folders? Easy. If you’re saving a file, you can create a new folder by clicking the New Folder button in the Save As dialog box. Once you’ve clicked that button, you can name the new folder, and then choose it as the place to save your file. Once the folder is created, it can become the place you choose as the location to save similar files. If it’s a “Letters” folder, for example, you can also create subfolders within Letters to categorize them by to whom they were sent, what they’re about, or when you wrote them. To create a subfolder, by the way, you need only be in the “parent” folder (Letters, in our example) when you click that New Folder button. Email’s no different. You can create folders in your Outlook and Outlook Express inbox (choose File, New, Folder) to organize your email. Create a folder Advanced for each client, project, or subject. This will make it much to find the email where your cousin sent you that Chiropractic easier picture of his new baby. Having separate folders in your and email Inbox can also make it easier to set up rules for Rehab automatic mail-handling. You can tell Outlook or Outlook Express to take any mail coming from, for exam100-block of N. Queen Street, downtown Lancaster, ple, “” and put it in the “ABC circa April, 2008. Photographer: Ron Harper, Jr. Company” folder. To set up rules for email, in Outlook, choose Tools , Rules and Alerts. If you’re using Outlook Rustin Glass, DC., C.C.S.P. Express, choose Tools, Message Rules, Mail. You’ll find similar procedures in other email applications. 900 Centerville Road This is just the tip of the File Management Iceberg Suite B (which is shrinking, thanks to global warming). It’s a Lancaster, PA good place to start, though, and if you start to apply the 717-735-0848 same organization to your computer files that you use (717)898-8900 in organizing important paperwork on your desk, you’ll Affordable Professionally save a lot of time, reduce your use of expletives, and your Professional Installed cousin won’t think you don’t like his new baby. Video Surveillance Telephone Systems Heal your body You can email Robert & Laurie Fuller about this column at: and maintain your health with excellence or

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Horse Chases Cart (Part 1 of 2)

by Steve Johnson Lancaster Post

So, after something like nine years of

insider shenanigans devoted to producing a “cure-all” Convention Center that will fix everything from urban blight to athlete’s foot, funded almost exclusively by you and me, the town elders have determined that it might help things along if the Convention Center was surrounded by an environment that didn’t look like, well, urban blight and athlete’s foot. You gotta love leaders with vision. Inspiring. And now our inspiring leaders pull out a 65-page tome of recommendations, produced four years ago, during the sorely derided Smithgall administration, and announce that they have, once again, magically produced THE ANSWER to our “newest” problem. Drumroll, please...STREETSCAPES! (Cue the crickets) Yes, folks, you just heard it here first (probably): our town Brahmins have discovered that people prefer, and actually work better, in an environment that’s reasonably clean, functional, modern, and dripping with “visual continuity.” Sounds good, doesn’t it? For those of you new to this game, “visual continuity” is city plannerspeak for ‘everything looks kind of the same.’ It’s supposedly a concept that soothes and comforts conventioneers and tourists, although I’m not exactly sure how. I am sure there’s a study somewhere that shows how people are comforted by a sense of ongoing sameness. The study is, of course, funded by some suburban developer. In any case, it’s April’s Kool Aid ‘flavor of the month,’ and there’s a full cup for everyone. Drink up. Now, call me crazy (you won’t be the first), but I seem to recall a few years back, when we were still listening to the swells explain why we (they) needed a Convention Center so badly, and a few brave souls put up their hands and asked, “Hey, what about all the crappy infrastructure downtown,

especially around Penn Square? The streets are pitted, the sidewalks cracked and disfigured, the utilities are outdated, the traffic flow is a bad joke, and there’s all these criminals and poor people. Shouldn’t we fix all that before we build a tourist attraction?” That seemed a fair question, but those who know better than you and me just smiled wisely and explained, carefully as if to particularly thick children, that if we just build their Convention Center all those niggling little details would fix themselves, probably for free, and everyone would find a mint on their pillows afterwards. It still makes my brain hurt to think that most people actually bought that. It helped that one-half of the hotel/convention center partnership, Lancaster Newspapers, prints the morning, afternoon, and Sunday papers. (I guess those days of monopoly domination are now officially over with the launch of this newspaper.) In any case, we’ve moved nine years and eight stories forward in building our little ‘magic bullet,’ and someone finally noticed that the only thing that’s changed measurably within shooting distance of the Convention Center was, um, the Convention Center. And to be fair we should really say “changed measurably in a positive way.” I mean, sure, other things have changed; the streets are more dangerous, gun and knife-related crimes are up, as are car thefts and taxes. If you hang around Penn Square in nice weather you’d swear that the regional League Of Gangs is waiting in line to hold their first convention in our spanking new facility. So, yes, you could say there’s been change, but in both directions. And now we’re going to have more change in the wrong direction if City Council has its way on April 23rd. Then, we won’t just talk about how we want things to look and feel, we’re going to make it The Law. (To be continued.) You can email Steve Johnson at:

Spotlight: The 13th District Senate Race by Lancaster Post Staff

Steve McDonald: McDonald was the first to challenge Senator Gib Armstrong last fall, after Armstrong decided to retire. McDonald is currently serving as Lancaster County Recorder of Deeds. McDonald’s campaign has focused on reform with no government give-a-ways and core conservative issues like gun rights, adoption and the pro-life issue. McDonald was attacked by Paul Thibault for making the claim of lowering office expenses when the Recorder of Deeds budget actually increased. McDonald responded that he cut staff in half and paid for the equipment upgrades out of the budget rather than borrowing money. Instead of maintaining the status quo, McDonald says he digitized over 200 years of Records and made them available to the public for no cost on the web. Bill Neff: Neff has emphasized his business experience and has run a low key campaign with his main focus on reform of both government and campaign financing. Neff’s lock business is a Lancaster County tradition, and only recently has moved to the York County side of the 13th district. Neff’s campaign has spent less than $5,000 and has used the web to deliver “webside chats” and the use of “recycled electrons” to get his message out. Neff has spent much of his time with personal one-on-one meetings with voters and gathered almost 400 signatures himself while driving his “Neff For Senate” camper around the district. Lloyd Smucker: Smucker has touted his experience as a businessman and pointed to his three years as a township supervisor as evidence of his ability “to lead the effort to change the way govern-

ment works.” He has proposed cutting spending at the state by 2% and using the monies to cut property taxes. He also proposed helping farmland preservation efforts by changing laws that will allow local governments to work together in planning and growth management, increasing state spending on preserving Lancaster and York farms, and decreasing regulation on farm based occupations. Smucker, along with Thibault, was criticized by McDonald for supporting a “gun ban” in the park, along with spending increases beyond inflation. Smucker has also been sharply criticized for announcing in early February that he raised $185,000 in two weeks. Smucker refused to reveal the names of the donors and pointed out that his campaign finance report would have the names listed on April 11. The report showed that Smucker only raised $16,650 at the time of his claim. In the press release announcing the names of the donors, Smucker said this “That’s why I started the ball rolling with an early pledge to invest $80,000 of my own money, and counted that figure in my original fundraising announcement.” Paul Thibault: Thibault has previously served eight years as Lancaster County Treasurer and then eight years as Lancaster County Commissioner. Thibault’s terms as commissioner included many major projects, including supporting the Lancaster County Convention Center, the Youth Intervention Center and Public Safety Training Center. Thibault’s campaign focused on unfunded mandates, education and getting the state to focus on a project’s merits rather than the politics of the project. Thibault has been attacked by Lloyd Smucker for the county’s increased debt and spending. Thibault’s response has been that the expenditures were necessary and claimed that Lancaster County’s per person was lower than any other third class county in Pennsylvania.

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April 21 Nature Walks and Tours Explore the beauty and variety of nature in Lancaster County’s parks. Spring Progression Walks; Registration required. 295-2055 or April 18,19 15 North Bridge Street, P.O. Box 63, Christiana, PA 17509, 610593-7013. “But Now I See “ The true story of John Newton. See what traumatic events in his life inspired him to write the hymn “Amazing Grace”. A truly moving story. April 18 - 20 Trout & Veteran’s Weekend - Spring Gulch Resort, 475 Lynch Rd., New Holland, PA 17557 717-354-3100. The lake is stocked! Hook ‘em and cook ‘em. And the Chowder Heads will be playing classic rock at the Saturday night dance. Present Military ID for discount. April 18 - 19 Spring Art Walk Weekend Lancaster Museum of Art, 135 N. Lime St., Lancaster, PA. 717-3943497. A weekend filled with art presented by 40 regional non-profit organizations, businesses and artists. Friday, April 18, 2008 Regional History Colloquium The Commonwealth v. Gibbs Speaker: Lancaster City Mayor Rick Gray The story of the last person to be executed in the electric chair for a murder in Lancaster County. Refreshments are served at 4:00 and the presentation and dialogue are from 4:30 to 5:30. Lancaster County Historical Society 230 N. President Ave. Lancaster, PA 17603 Phone: (717) 392-4633

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by H. Please Lancaster Post


K, so one of the brilliant Post editors barks, “You’re going to El Serrano for the first review! You will love it!” With airtight logic like that, how could I go wrong? Guess that’s why they’re paid the big bucks. On the appointed evening, I informed Mrs. Please, “Fussy” to you and me, that we were going to Latin America for dinner. Fussy is my regular dining companion. She was the only one in the whole college with any level of food discrimination. Plus, she was as hot as a Mexican jalapeno. Olé! El Serrano is not hard to find. It’s located on Columbia Avenue, just west of Roherstown Road, and it is enormous and it is beautiful. Owner Manuel Torres has painstakingly recreated the hacienda-style architecture from his native Peru and the place is truly lovely. The main area of the restaurant is open and airy and has the feel of a South American piazza, with atrium skylights, hanging plants, terra-cotta planters and courtyard fountains. Very nice. We were seated quickly, despite a bustling dinner crowd, and immediately were served a small bowl of chips and salsa. Normally, Fussy and I eschew such pre-appetizers, but since we were here for critique, and we were famished, we sampled. About four minutes later, the bowl of lightly fried chips and fresh salsa, with a terrific blend of herbs and spices (the cilantro was just right), were devoured, and we both confirmed it was the best salsa we’d had east of Albuquerque. Fussy and I usually order and appetizer apiece and share it, and that’s what we did. I ordered the Tiradito style ceviche ($7.95), which are slices of tilapia cooked by contact with chilled citrus juices, cilantro and spices. Tiradito ceviche is commonly served in Peru and differs from the traditional ceviche by cutting the fish in strips,

not cubes, and doesn’t usually include onions. Both Fussy and I were surprised at the freshness of the fish and the right mixture of spices, sometimes tricky with ceviche. Delicious. Mrs. Please’s appetizer was the Gambas al Ajillo ($7.95), shrimp sautéed in garlic sauce, served with French bread slices. The shrimp was perfectly cooked, and the bread was a nice complement to the dish. For our entrees, I took a recommendation of a friend and ordered a Peruvian specialty, Chu-

by Melody Harper Lancaster Post


the stomachs of five kids, ages 13-20, and one husband with a huge appetite, can seem like it’s an ongoing job in itself. One of our family’s favorite breakfast treats is something that I call Melody McMuffins. It’s fast, tasty, and smells great while everything’s cooking. Here’s what I do:

letas de Peurco ($15.95), two large char-grilled, marinated pork steaks, topped with grilled pineapple. In a word I have never eaten better pork chops. Ever. Even after the appetizers, the succulent pork was sublime. Fussy, a vegetarian, went with the “Vegetariano Fajita” ($10.95), a grilled mix of vegetables and cheese, folding into a fresh warm tortilla, served with French fries, rice and beans. Mrs. Please didn’t get her nickname for nothing. I held my breath as she first looked silently at the large plate of food. It did look pretty. I exhaled as I saw the wide smile as she chewed her first bite. There wasn’t much conversation after that, as we both devoured our delicious meals as if we hadn’t eaten in a week. The service at El Serrano was first-rate, and, as we sipped our perfectly blended margaritas (the best in town, we agreed) we made a note that El Serrano would be one of our regular haunts.

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We begin by collecting fresh eggs from Sophia and her girlfriends (our pampered chickens!). Next, I make an omelet of whatever we have in the refrigerator – onions, cheese, peppers, mushrooms etc. I sauté the veggies and put them in the omelet and I fry up bacon or ham while toasting the English muffins. Put them all together and serve with chilled orange juice and you have a great, filling breakfast that my family (and their friends!) absolutely loves... and it doesn’t take long at all. Bon appétit! If you know a Culinary Wizard who’d like to share a recipe or other kitchen-related advice, email Melody Harper at: We’ll feature a different cook and their recipe each week!

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computer was a family affair at my home; we all enjoyed these cyber-exchanges! (laughs) Chris: Then it happened. The big one. I asked

Erin to go with me to the Senior Prom.

Erin: For me, this was a big deal, but Chris

was putting me in the “friends only” category.

Couple: Chris (28) & Erin Smeltz (27) Denver, PA Married: 6 years Erin: Untouchable is not a word you would

normally associate with married people. Yet, that’s how Chris and I kind of viewed each other in high school. Chris was a high school football and baseball star, and ran with the “incrowd”.

Chris: And Erin was in the

school band and had a few close friends. Although she was really pretty and smart, she wasn’t part of that high school hierarchy. I’ll tell you something, I certainly admired her from a distance.

Erin: Chris had this

great smile, athletic abilities, and what I really noticed was his kindness to everyone. He was just nice and respectful to everyone.

Chris: Apart from her obvious beauty, I just

thought of Erin as a poised and principled girl. Most girls that pretty are kind of, you know, pretentious, full of themselves. I honestly didn’t think Erin would be interested in dating me. Erin: It wasn’t until our

senior year that our network of friends began to intermingle. The emergence of “IM” set the whole thing in motion. Chatting with Chris at the

Chris: It wasn’t until a week after graduation, when Erin’s parents hosted a bunch of us for a week-long celebration at the bay that my feelings for Erin began to, uh, take over, and we both realized we had serious feelings for each other. Erin: A little over a year later, on an absolutely

beautiful fall day in September, Chris took me to the Akron park and let me to a nestle of trees. He asked me to close my eyes, and then placed a necklace on me from which dangled a diamond engagement ring, and he declared his love for me. Chris: She said Yes! And, let

me tell you, I’m the luckiest guy in the world. After six years of marriage it’s only gotten better. Do you know what Erin did recently? She engineered a romantic scavenger hunt that sent me in search of a treasure that my boss initiated by handing me an unassuming envelope containing her picture and directions to my first destination, which eventually led me to the location of our engagement, where she was waiting. For certain the ultimate treasure was not untouchable. Erin: See? I told ya he has a great smile.


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Lancaster Trivia ACROSS 1. The original developer of the Burle propery 5. Chairman, National Constitution Party 7. Football Hall of Fame coach, played against F&M 10. Author, A Murder in Paradise, a story of murder in Lancaster 11. Lancaster resident and signer of the Declaration of Independence 13. Medicated baby powder company founded in Lancaster 15. County Chairman, Democratic Party 17. Canal operating in the mid 1800s 19. Famous Lancaster artist 21. Former swimming pool beside Longs Park 22. Downtown Lancaster park 23. Name of the Amish icon outside former Zinn’s Restaurant DOWN 1. Lancaster Red Roses player who played in two World Series 2. Last name of Lancaster’s Miss America 3. Lancaster semi-pro football team in the 1960s 4. West-bound feeder road to Route 30 6. Second-biggest river 8. County Chairman, Republican Party 9. East-bound feeder road to Route 30 11. Lancaster general killed at Gettysburg in 1863

12. Street location of the original YMCA 14. Pike where original Lancaster airport was located 16. Army general and Lancaster mayor 18. Underground railroad facilitator 20. Olympic gold medal winner

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John McCain

Hillary Clinton

Barack Obama

Ron Paul

only for the citizens of Iraq and the region, but for our own security. A timeline for withdrawal, as the Democrats advocate, would be the height of irresponsibility and would only foster chaos in the region. We can’t afford to walk away from the progress we have achieved since the troop surge. Our goals in Iraq will not be easily achieved, but success is imperative. What is your position on NATO expansion? I have supported NATO enlargement since 1994. The accession of Central European democracies into the NATO Alliance has been one of the most successful policies of the United States in the post-Cold War era. NATO enlargement has advanced our strategic interests by stabilizing NATO’s southern and eastern flanks and anchoring eastern European democracies firmly to the West. And it has put new members on a more secure and more prosperous course than most thought possible as communism began to crumble. Do you support human stem cell research? Please explain. While I support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, I believe clear lines should be drawn that reflect a refusal to sacrifice moral values and ethical principles for the sake of scientific progress. Moreover, I believe that recent scientific breakthroughs raise the hope that one day this debate will be rendered academic. I also support funding for other research programs, including amniotic fluid and adult stem cell research which hold much scientific promise and do not involve the use of embryos.

prehensive plan for bringing our troops home, beginning in 60 days. I will pursue a new diplomatic initiative in the region, including convening a regional stabilization meeting to develop and implement a strategy to stabilize Iraq. I will lead an international effort to address the major refugee crisis. My plan will ensure that the United States maintains a small and effective counterterrorism force in the region to ensure al Qaeda never gains a capability to attack the United States or its allies from Iraq. What is your position on NATO expansion? I believe our NATO allies should extend invitations to Albania, Croatia, and the Republic of Macedonia as part of a larger strategy to stabilize the Western Balkans after Kosovo’s independence, provided these countries fulfill the same requirements met by previous new allies. Georgia and Ukraine have made real progress and clearly expressed their desire to anchor themselves firmly in the trans-Atlantic community through membership in NATO, and I enthusiastically support the extension of a Membership Action Plan (MAP) to both. Do you support human stem cell research? Please explain. Science, not narrow ideology, should drive our national research agenda. I have pledged to lift the ban on ethical embryonic stem cell research. I believe in the potential of stem cell research to both save lives and keep the United States on the cutting-edge of scientific advancement. Over 100 million Americans could benefit from the advancements

security challenges. As president, I will immediately begin to remove our troops from Iraq so we can shift our focus to finishing the job in Afghanistan, taking the fight to al Qaeda, and restoring America’s international partnerships. I will remove one to two combat brigades each month, and have all of our combat brigades out of Iraq within 16 months, which will finally apply meaningful pressure on the Iraqi government to take responsibility for their future. I will make it clear that we will not build any permanent bases in Iraq. What is your position on NATO expansion? I welcome further enlargement of the NATO Alliance, but believe we need to make sure that new members meet high standards on democracy and military readiness. I support membership for Albania, Croatia and the Republic of Macedonia. I support Membership Action Plans for Ukraine and Georgia – over time, it is up to the citizens of those countries and to NATO members as to whether they will obtain full membership, but that process should go forward. Do you support human stem cell research? Please explain. Embryonic stem cells remain unmatched in their potential for treatment of a wide variety of diseases and health conditions. I have been a long-term supporter of increased stem cell research. I introduced legislation while a member of the Illinois Senate that would allow embryonic stem cell research in Illinois. I have cosponsored legislation to allow greater federal government funding on a wider array of stem cell lines.

sibility for the protection of unborn life to state and local governments. I have also introduced HR 1095, the Taxpayer’s Freedom of Conscience Act which ends all federal support for any organization that performs or promotes abortion. What can be done about the rising cost of gas? I have co-sponsored legislation in the past to put a moratorium on the federal gas tax, which is the most immediate step we can take to reduce prices. I also favor expanding domestic drilling, which will lessen our dependence on foreign oil. The rising price of gas can be directly traced to our monetary and foreign policies. We must restore value to our dollar to increase our purchasing power, and we must end our interventionist foreign policy, which only contributes to the instability in the Middle East market. What is the number one foreign policy concern for Americans? I believe that our top foreign policy concern is whether or not America is going to continue an interventionist foreign policy that polices the world and stretches our troops too thin, or if we are going to follow our Founders’ advice, which is to pursue peace and trade with all nations that wish to share such with us. We must return our focus to finding bin Laden, securing our borders, and preparing for any threats against our national security. An America-first defense policy will not go abroad seeking monsters to slay, but will deter through strength and lead by example.

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R. Paul Stewart by Chris Hart Nibbrig Lancaster Post Artist R. Paul Stewart is featured in the main gallery at Mulberry Art Studios for the month of April. Mr. Stewart, a former resident artist at Mulberry for thirteen years, is enthusiastically welcomed home by April Koppenhaver, the gallery’s charming and effervescent owner-operator. “Paul is one of the most exceptionally talented artists we have had here at Mulberry,” says Ms. Koppenhaver. “His photography is amazing, and, of course his colored pencil work is sublime. We are so happy for the Lancaster County public to see his work.” The current exhibit covers decades of Mr. Stewart’s art, from his earliest colored pencil pieces to his most recent work in photography. The theme of many of Mr. Stewart’s works is historical transportation – old roads, bridges, train tracks. “Most of my subjects include glimpses of nature I’ve seen,” says Mr. Stewart, “particularly rail trails and canals.” Mr. Stewart’s distinctive technique with colored pencils has been compared and confused with other art forms, such as oils, acrylics, watercolors and even airbrush. “I like to paint with the pencils rather than draw” Mr. Stewart says, “I build up thick layers of pigment until I can move the colors around like an oil painting.”

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Hillary Clinton

Barack Obama

Ron Paul

that come from stem cell research. Although a majority of Americans support stem cell research, President Bush has placed severe restrictions on funding. In 2006, the President vetoed the bipartisan Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act that overwhelmingly passed Congress, and vetoed a new version of the bill that passed last year. For more information, visit:

I believe we need high ethical standards that allow for research on stem cells derived from embryos produced for in vitro fertilization, embryos that would otherwise be needlessly destroyed. For more information, visit:

What is your position on NATO expansion? U.S. national security will not be enhanced by expanding NATO. I do not think that we should commit American troops to defend countries like Georgia or the Ukraine. Providing these guarantees can only further strain our armed forces. Moreover, the “modernization” of these former Soviet militaries will mean a big bill for the U.S. taxpayer, as our government will subsidize most of their transformation. Do you support human stem cell research? Please explain. While I sympathize with those who see stem cell research as a path to cures for dreadful diseases that have stricken so many Americans, I strongly object to forcing those who believe stem cell research is immoral to subsidize such research through their taxes. I do not believe that the federal government has the constitutional authority to fund stem cell research and the debate over such research involves profound moral, eligious, and ethical questions -questions Congress is particularly ill-equipped to resolve. I believe this issue should be settled on the state, local, and individual level. For more information, visit:

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Athlete of the Week

FRIDAY, April 25th

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Conestoga Valley High School senior, Kristine Zeiset, is the Post ‘Athlete of the Week.’ Kristine is a three-year starter on the girls’ soccer team and is the captain of the 2008 squad. The consummate scholar/athlete, Kristine maintains a 3.98 GPA in the classroom in addition to serving as captain of the girls’ volleyball, basketball, and soccer teams during her senior year.

Tuesday, April 29th Long Island Ducks Game starts: 6:35 pm

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Post Conversation with Von Hayes The new Barnstormers’ manager talks of life in the big leagues, his current club, and … model railroads By Chris Hart Nibbrig Lancaster Post

On June 11, 1985, Phillies outfielder

Von Hayes led off the first inning of a Major League baseball game by smacking a home run. Hayes came to the plate again later that same inning and hit another homer, a grand slam. Two home runs in the first inning of a Major League baseball game. Von Hayes was the first player in the history of the game to do that. Was the 26 year-old Hayes ‘feeling it’ that day? “No. Actually I wasn’t feeling anything at all,” Von Hayes, 49, says today. “I was in an 0-for-19 slump and had to talk the manager into putting me in the lineup.” “The manager decided to lead me off, which wasn’t where I normally hit in the lineup, and I hit one off Mets’ left-hander, Tom Gorman,” the new manager of the Lancaster Barnstormers continues. “We scored a ton of runs that inning, and I came up again, this time with [right-hander] Calvin Schiraldi on the mound. The bases were loaded, and I hit another one out.” When the California-born and raised Von Hayes was called up to the big leagues in 1981, he was a long-limbed 6’5”, 185 lb., 22 year old, left-hand hitting, right-hand throwing third baseman. What did it feel like to step onto a Major League field for the first time on April 14, 1981? “It was scary,” recalls Hayes. “It was the second game of a double header at Texas’ Arlington Stadium I was playing third base.” He remembers a ground ball that eluded him during that first game. “The ball was coming at me and it took a little hop, I tried to lift my glove, but the glove was awfully heavy that day,” Hayes laughs. Hayes’ played 12 Major League seasons, playing all three outfield positions, while also seeing time at third and first base. He was utilized primarily as an outfielder. “When I had my speed and legs under me, I probably enjoyed playing center field the most,” says Hayes. “But my most natural position was probably

right field.” He played for three teams, the Cleveland Indians, the Phillies, and California Angels. He played more than eight seasons in Philadelphia. Von Hayes retired in 1992 with a career .267 batting average, 1402 hits; 696 RBI, and scored 767 runs. Surprisingly, considering his tall frame, Hayes also had above average speed and very good base stealing instincts, stealing an impressive 48 bases in 1984. “Base stealing is about studying pitchers, not just speed,” says Hayes. “A good base stealer has a high percentage of about 75% or above of not getting caught.” Hayes played in the 1989 All-Star game and was 1-for-1 with an RBI. “I remember my mom was upset because the television missed my atbat because they were interviewing a player who was just taken out of the game,” Hayes says good naturedly. His best season offensively was probably 1985 when Hayes hit .305, knocked in 98 RBI, scored 107 runs (leading the league), hit 46 doubles (leading the league), and had a slugging percentage of .480. Those stats would be worth between $10 -15 million dollars a year in today’s market. Hayes played in the starting lineup alongside some of the greatest players ever to wear a baseball uniform – Pete Rose, Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton. • On Rose: “Pete Rose was a very good teammate. He was tough on the younger players, but it was good for them. He taught a lot of us the way to play the game. No one beat Pete Rose to the ballpark. He taught me more than anyone how to be a professional ball player, from his pre-game preparation to how he played the game.”

• On Schmidt: “Mike Schmidt was my bread and butter during my career, just a great teammate. He was very conscientious about how he went about his job. It was an honor to watch his hall of fame play every day.” • On Carlton: “I played with him toward the tail end of his career, but he was a great teammate. He had his rules with the press, but with his teammates he was great. You just didn’t talk to him on the day he pitched. Carlton was also very well conditioned.” Today, Von Hayes continues his baseball life with the Lancaster Barnstormers. He takes over a club a season removed from the Atlantic league title, after a disappointing 2007 season. At the time of this interview, with the season a few weeks away, what does Von Hayes do with a sunny afternoon at his home in St. Petersburg, Florida? “I’m a model railroader,” he says. “ I’m going to do that today. We build to H.O. scale. I enjoy it and its a good way to spend time with my [12 yearold] son.”

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