Readers have questions pertaining to the Primary Election

The following questions were asked recently on the Wonderline:

Q: Where you can you get yard signs for candidates that you want to support? I always want to put up yard signs for candidates I support, before the election, but I never know where I am supposed to get them.

A: To get yard signs, you have to talk with the candidates (for local races), campaign directors (for the statewide races), or other people associated with each person’s campaign efforts.

Locally, signs could probably be obtained as easily as making a phone call.

For state-related races, that type of information is typically available on candidates’ websites.

Q: Can you clear up where a political sign can be placed? I know they can’t be placed on city property. I see many signs placed close to the street.

A: The best rule of thumb is that to avoid being on public right-of-way, they should be placed behind the sidewalk – not between the sidewalk and the curb.

If a sidewalk is not present, consider that same amount of space away from the street.

Yes, political signs cannot be placed right next to the street.

And it is also important that property owners give permission for signs to be placed on their property.

Q: The Primary Election confuses me. Is it true that only Republicans can vote for York County Commissioner and York County Sheriff in the Primary Election this year because all the candidates are Republicans?

A: Yes, that is true. These are partisan races.

If there had been candidates who were Democrats, then Democrats could have voted to choose their candidate (in the May Primary) to run against the Republican candidate (who was also chosen in the Primary) – in the General Election in the fall.

But because all the candidates are Republicans, only Republicans will be casting ballots in these races in May.

It should also be noted that when it comes to the York County Commissioner races in the Primary Election, those only pertain to Republicans who live in either District 1 or District 3.

Registered Republicans who live in District 1 will vote for either Paul Buller, Amie Kopcho or Steve Postier.

Registered Republicans who live in District 3 will vote for either Bill Bamesberger or Dale Siebert.

Q: Was anyone killed when the Japanese bombed Omaha on April 18, 1945?

A: We accessed an article published by The Daily Nonpareil, which ran in April, 2011.

The article explained that on April 18, 1945, a Japanese balloon bomb exploded above Omaha, which they termed as a “little-known historic footnote.”

Japan developed and launched balloon bombs into the jet stream flowing toward North America.

“In addition to Omaha, balloon bombs dropped on or near seven other Nebraska communities, according to U.S. War Department accounts at the time. The towns were Ballagh (near Burwell), Chadron, Hyannis, Ellsworth, Osceola, Schuyler and Silver Creek. No severe damage or injuries were reported,” The Daily Nonpareil wrote.

The writer said a bronze plaque on the shared exterior brick wall of an ice cream shop and a sandwich shop at 50th Street and Underwood Avenue in the Dundee neighborhood commemorates the Omaha incident.

“The incendiary device flared brightly in the night, but caused no damage,” the plaque reads, according to the story. “The boom was heard across Dundee and the flash was seen by several people, according to an account in the World Herald. People rushed outside in their pajamas and saw a light in the sky.

“The late Mary Holyoke described it at the time as ‘a ring of fire’ in the middle of the sky over Dundee. She watched it as it drifted eastward out of view from her home at 5014 Nicholas St.”

The article says that Japan launched more than 9,000 balloons between November 1944 and April 1945. The 5,000-mile journey took about three days. More than 300 balloons were found or observed in America. Balloon bombs were found from Alaska to Mexico and in 26 states, as far east as Michigan. “The U.S. government asked the news media not to publish reports of explosions for fear of causing panic and giving the enemy information about the success or non-success of the project.”

Q: I am looking for a biological family member and was wondering if you would have information on who owned the sewing machine shop in York in 1972.

A: If someone has that information, they can call the Wonderline and leave a message and we will pass it along to the person who asked this question.

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