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WORTH TALKING ABOUT ….

*  AND IT STILL APPLIES: "The report identifies Congress itself as being dysfunctional. We therefore call upon each of you to have the courage to be part of the solution, and embrace fundamental change in the way the Congressional committee oversight system operates." –Testimony of Beverly Eckert before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform Hearings to Review 9/11 Commission Recommendations; Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004.

*   THE HUMAN: The most intelligent of any species on the planet and yet has done the most to destroy the very system that keeps everything alive.

 *   As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.

    ---H.L. Mencken, the Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920

*   IT COULDN'T BE DONE:  Somebody said that it couldn't be done, but with a chuckle replied "maybe it couldn't," but he'd be one who wouldn't say till he'd tried. So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin on his face. If he worried, he hid it. He started to sing as he tackled the thing that couldn't be done, and he did it.

    Somebody scoffed "Oh, you'll never do that, at least no one has ever done it," but he took off his coat and he took off his hat, and the first thing we knew he'd begun it. With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin, without any doubting or quiddit, he started to sing as he tackled the thing that couldn't be done, and he did it.

    There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done, there are thousands to prophesy failure; there are thousands to point out to you one by one, the dangers that wait to assail you. But just buckle in with a bit of a grin, just take off your coat and go to it, just start in to sing as you tackle the thing that "cannot be done" and you'll do it.

     –Edgar A. Guest.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT …. OPINIONS ….

 DEP to Hold Public Hearing on

Brunner Island Draft Discharge Permit

    Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will host a public hearing to collect comments on the draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit issued to Brunner Island LLC. The hearing will be held Wednesday, April 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Union Fire Company, 201 York St. in Manchester Doors will open at 6:00 PM.

    Brunner Island LLC operates a 1,490-Megawatt coal- and natural gas-fired power plant which discharges treated industrial wastewater and cooling water into the Susquehanna River. DEP issued the draft permit on Jan. 5 and published notice of it in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on Jan. 20. The draft permit has been available for review on the DEP website since the date of issuance.

    DEP said individuals will have the opportunity to present up to five minutes of verbal testimony. Comments must be limited to the contents of the draft permit. Groups are asked to designate one speaker. Relinquishing of time to other speakers will be prohibited. All presenters should bring at least one copy of their comments and exhibits for submission to the DEP. The hearing may conclude earlier if all testimony is completed prior to the designated end time.

    Those who wish to present testimony are asked to register in advance by contacting John Repetz at jrepetz@pa.gov or 717-705-4904, at DEP’s Southcentral Regional Office, 909 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17110. Registration will be taken through Tuesday, April 24. Individuals will be called to testify in the order they register. Time permitting, those who did not register in advance will be given the opportunity to testify.

    DEP received written comments on the draft permit during a 30-day comment period after the draft permit was published in the PA Bulletin. The comment period ended on Feb. 20 and DEP is reviewing all comments received, the agency said.

    The draft permit and fact sheet are available for public review at the DEP Southcentral Regional Office, 909 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Call 717-705-4732 to make an appointment. They can also be accessed on DEP’s Southcentral Regional Office webpage at http://www.dep.pa.gov/southcentral.

    Individuals who need an accommodation for the hearing as provided for in the American with Disabilities Act should contact Repetz at the number listed, or make accommodations through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at 1-800-654-5984.