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Some restrictions are a good thing when remodeling properties

A recent article in the Press And Journal addressed a proposed zoning overlay. I tried to obtain a copy of the overlay, without success, so I haven’t read the wording of that proposal. However, if I interpreted the article correctly, the purpose is to create certain standards for remodeling properties, particularly of historic homes, in Middletown. 

If that is, indeed, what the overlay will do, I totally support it, even though, as a real estate investor and developer, it would probably cost a lot of additional money if I were to do another project like the Lady Anna House at 817 N. Union St. 

As an old colonial town, Middletown has some architectural treasures, particularly on Main and Union streets, that need to be protected. While some property owners are sensitive to just what it is that they own, many are not. 

There are countless examples of neat old brick and log homes covered by cheap aluminum and vinyl siding in our town, but the most recent and egregious example of an architectural travesty is the new, treated-lumber steps being built on the front of the former Grosh Building, now owned by the Middletown Historical Society. These steps would be appropriate for a job site trailer or a rear deck somewhere, but not on the front of Middletown’s flagship historic property. In addition to being ugly and architecturally incorrect, I believe, they don’t even meet minimum building code standards. Was there a building permit issued for this work? 

Councilwoman Diane McGlone said something in the Journal article to the effect that she opposed, at least, certain sections of the overlay because she felt it was her right to use “inexpensive siding” on a property if she chose to do so. Look around Middletown; cheap aluminum and vinyl siding is a major contributor to the blight that exists, particularly on Main Street. Her “right” to contribute to that blight, I believe, should be subordinate to the rights of the rest of us who own properties in which we take pride.

I’m not usually a supporter of additional government regulation, but when the Historical Society doesn’t get it and when a councilor who is supposed to be sensitive to the architectural renewal and redevelopment of our town doesn’t get it, government intervention is required.

Herbert C. Moore


Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 October 2016 11:45

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Donald Trump as president? The very thought is terrifying

I am writing in reference to Diana McGlone’s Sept. 21 column, “Here are the reasons I’m voting Donald Trump for president.”

She is quoted as saying, “Donald J. Trump is an example of the American dream and success story. He exemplifies that if one works hard and remains persistent, they too can be successful.” She truly believes that he will bring back jobs and improve our economy, make our borders safe by building a wall and all his other absurd, egotistical promises.

I’m not sure if Ms. McGlone is aware that he inherited his “American dream” from his father. For a man who wants to bring back jobs and “make America great again,” why does he have at least six different companies in other countries? 

He is paying minuscule wages and receiving large profits, at the American worker’s expense. He considers this “The Art of the Deal” and “being smart.” 

Mr. Trump claimed bankruptcy six times. By not keeping his financial word, he forced many small companies to go out of business (not because he couldn’t afford to pay, but because he has high-powered attorneys that know all the loopholes so he can legally avoid paying his fair share). He considers this “The Art of the Deal” and “being smart” as well.  This is also why he refuses to release his tax returns. 

His attitude and disrespect for women is deplorable. He is obsessed with thin, beautiful women, and is quick to point out other people’s indiscretions and offenses. However, what makes Mr. Trump the moral compass? 

Mr. Trump has blatantly insulted many races and nationalities. He was quoted as saying his No. 1 source for foreign policy advice was himself, because “I have a very good brain, and I’ve said a lot of things.”

He claimed to know “more about ISIS than the generals do.” And, if elected president, he will fire all the generals and hire his own people. He has tried to minimize the many sacrifices of our military, in particular Sen. John McCain and those who have lost loved ones, to his perceived sacrifices.

The thoughts of this narcissist being our country’s leader terrifies me for not only America’s future, but for the entire world.

Paula L. Kinney


formerly of Lower Swatara Township

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:10

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