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Sound Off 6/22/16

“We went from having the Gestapo police department to no cops to be seen. I'm sick and tired of the way people drive in this town, which didn't happen when we had cops all over the place. People drive 20 miles over the speed limit coming down the hills on Union St., run stop signs and drive like maniacs. Shootings aren't the only reason I don't go into the 'burg, it's also they way people drive, which is now becoming how it is in town. Once the bar is lowered, it's hard to bring it back up. I guess driver and citizen safety isn't important. Is anyone in charge of this town anymore, or are we just in a free fall?”

“I was shocked to see the high school being torn down with desks still in the rooms! Why weren't these removed and sold or donated?”

“Seen on a pick-up truck the other day, 4x4=16.”

“Hey neighbor, is somebody grilling steaks, or is that the crematory I smell.”

“There is no good reason for a publication to print an offensive term like ‘jap’ that appeared in last week's Sound Off. Shame on you, you must be trump supporters.”

“So Middletown residents don't want a crematory in their town, but no one is complaining about a medical marijuana dispensary? Where are your priorities? A crematory is so common these days. It's not going to ruin your town. Relax.”

“Thank you Chief Brandt for your decades of service and protection you have given to our community.”

“Isn't it funny that in the history of the Lower Swatara police no other commissioner has ever tried so hard to get rid of the Lower Swatara police before these ‘2’ got in. You already have the lowest paid officers in the area and still one of the best PDs around, what more do you want? Or what is this really about? Does the rest of the board even know what these 2 are doing half the time?”

“What is going on in Londonderry Township? It used to be a first class place. Some of the properties look like the codes officer must be blind, or they just don't even have one! And they have the nerve to complain about the people on the islands? Even the way they've handled that is a travesty! There was another accident at the intersection by the Tool Shed. When are they going to do something about how dangerous it is and always has been? Sad to see the way the township has gone down hill over the years.”

“Just suppose that 10 of those victims in Orlando would have been packing. Since only one off duty cop stopped the carnage, what would have 10 legal carrying people have done. And the gay bars would probably be taken off the ‘soft target’ lists for terrorists.”

“That one penny a kilowatt from Middletown doesn't look so bad anymore, does it TMI?? No one wants your power. And since you wanted to screw Middletown out of the lifetime contract, now you're gonna pay!”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 14:01

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Sound Off 6/15/16

“As the election heats up I hope Sound Off edits out offensive hate speech. Whether we are Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians or Green Party, we should engage in civil discourse, arguing persuasively, avoiding name-calling and especially racist tinged language. The person who called protesting Mexicans ‘thugs’ who should ‘go back South’ crossed the line.”


“Ron Paul should replace Tom Mehaffie on the Lower Swatara Board of Commissioners. He was a long time Township Manager who knew how the Township should be run.”


“Imagine: Hillary Clinton calling someone a liar. Now there's the pot calling the kettle black.”


“I deeply appreciate and sympathize with the Tillitson family who wanted us to know that their son lost his battle with addiction and succumbed to a heroin overdose. At the same time a Camp Hill family also went public with the fact that their 27-year-old son died of a heroin overdose after a long battle with substance abuse. The opioid epidemic is hitting us right here. We need support groups and treatment centers so that addicts can recover and lead productive lives.”


“Lower Middletown or Upper Swatara, maybe Township formerly known as Lower Swatara?”


“The June 1, 2016 Article by Dr. James Hanak, ‘In God We Trust ‘ appears to have misleading information. The article states  ‘that we have a National Motto that has been recognized since the writing of the National Anthem in 1814’ is deceiving, in that it leads one to believe it was our ‘official’ motto since then. Yes, it is mentioned in the Anthem, and placed on coinage around 1864, but we also had E Pluribus Unum from the Great Seal of 1782. The Motto ‘In God We Trust’ was not made ‘official’ until 1956 during McCarthyism, ( a sad time of our history ).”


“PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR = EASY TO HIRE AND FIRE AT WILL. Good luck to whoever is dumb enough to take that position.”


“I smoke, but I don't drink. I go to the local smoke shop to pick up my cigarette, which is beside the liquor store. In my observations, the people who are going to the liquor store are some of the most rude and inconsiderate people I've come across. If someone parked in the handicapped spot without the proper plate or sign, they're probably in the liquor store, not the smoke store. If someone is parked like a butt, they're probably in the liquor store. Today, a lady in a nice expensive car was backed into the space beside the handicapped spot. She was over the line and partially parked in the handicapped spot. I left her a note and explained that it was a good thing I didn't use a wheelchair. Not surprisingly, before I pulled out of the parking lot, I saw her come out of the liquor store. Ps, it's a known fact that alcohol causes brain damage.”


“Good Job Eric Wise from the Press And Journal. Your great journalism has created enough passion for the commissioners to call you out by name at their last meeting (6/1/16). Keep up excellent work.”


“How long will it be until they put the red light at Hardee's back to using the road sensors instead of using a timer? Only three to four vehicles can make it through the light at a time before it turns red again. It causes an unnecessary backlog of vehicles.”


“Let's see, there were 16 full-time officers at the beginning of 2015. Two left in 2015 and were never replaced. This brings it down to 14. The chief is now leaving and another left at the end of May. That means 2 two less, which is 12. You now have two officers out for injuries, which means another two are down and out for the count at this point. That leaves 10. Out of those 10, two are detectives not on the street, so now we’re at eight. But wait there is an SRO in the schools that is temporarily on the streets for a short two months during the summer. If you really want to get technical that leaves all but seven guys on the street, literally almost half of what you had only last year. This is a first class township with first class taxes to match. Why has it come to this point!?”


“I said this when it all started. After speaking to his buddy Bill Clinton, Donald Trump decided to run for president. I think he's a plant to destroy the Republican Party and insure Hillary the presidency. And now they are speaking about making history, the same BS that got Obama elected. Pray, people, pray for America.”


“What are the commissioners so afraid of that they make it a point to prohibit employees from talking to the media?”


“Press And Journal, please don't tell me you pay Paul Heise for the garbage he writes? Us conservatives are all racist, bigots, and greedy intolerant haters in his eyes. He fails to see any wrong with Obama and Clinton. How stupid can you be? And as far as Trump, he's an equal opportunity offender. It doesn't matter race, color, or ethnicity, f you're a pathetic dirt bag, he'll tell you. It's just a shame he doesn't get to read and respond to Mr. Heise's column. I'd pay to see that!”


“Oh that's good, I have a police officer who has been up for 18 hours, better yet almost 24 coming to help if I call 911? Will it be an officer from Middletown? Oh wait, that's right, they go without police coverage in that town. It's like playing Russian roulette. Eventually this will catch up and the only ones who lose in the end are the tax paying citizens.”


“How many officers are actually on patrol in Lower Swatara? I was talking to one of their officers the other day. I asked about all the issues that I've seen in the paper. I was told that there are only eight officers on the street right now which includes the SRO who normally patrols the schools during classes and now another who may be going out for medical reasons which would leave it at seven. He also shared that at one time there were 21 officers, who included part-time officers as well but the township eliminated those positions. How can the department function after essentially losing 2/3 of its officers? These officers have to be exhausted constantly working overtime and long days. The sad truth is that eliminating departments or cutting them to the bare bones is only a bandaid to a problem that needs more than just a cover up.”


“Please tell your columnist Paul Heise that what he perceives as HATE is just protectionism. We're tired of illegal immigration of Mexicans, Central Americans, Chinese, and Haitians. We're tired of spending billions on welfare and medical. We're tired of defending Muslims when all they want to do is destroy our world. We're tired of the gays and transgendered thinking we have to cater to their every need. Paul Heise and the liberals want to act all high and mighty that they are tolerant. All they're doing is weakening our society, which is on a course for implosion.”


“Silencing the minority only hurts the majority in the end.”


“When you force a dog into a corner with no means of escape, eventually even the nicest dog will bite.”

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Sound Off 6/8/2016

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• “President Obama seems to do a lot of apologizing. Well listen up, I didn’t tell the Japs to bomb Pearl Harbor. I didn’t push any Indians off this piece of suburbia that I own. I never owned any slaves – as a matter of fact I don’t know anyone who was once a slave. I didn’t shove any Jews into the gas chambers. Huh! Seems like I don’t owe anybody anything. If you begrudge me what I have, work for it – you too can have it.”

• “ ‘I would trade the rundown decaying houses around my house for a crematory any day. I can’t sell the house because of the neighbors. Not sure why codes can’t do anything about it.’ Have you filed a complaint? Probably not, but like most people you want to complain that others do nothing.”

• “Trump is educated, knowledgeable and intelligent and best of all he’s not one of the ‘good old boys’ politicians. We as a nation have been [expletive] about pols for years, now is your chance to get away from them. Because to me there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between Republicans and Democrats – that is, up till now.”

• “It should be very interesting to see who this board in Lower Swatara Twp. picks for the public safety director position. Very interesting! They’ve had a Chief of Police for over 50 years out there, let’s see what they do.”

• “It is hard to figure out how Mr. Fager and his family are so nice to people after how everyone has treated him over the past nine months. The guy spends time helping the community grow and the people that do nothing in that aspect sit around smoking cigarettes and watching their teeth fall out complaining about a cremation machine.”

• “In this election season, whether you are a Democrat, a Republican or a Libertarian, you should be able to express yourself in Sound Off without name-calling. In the June 1 Sound Off one person called a group of Mexicans ‘thugs’ who can ‘pack up and head South’ simply because they held Mexican flags and protested the candidacy of Donald Trump.”

• “I think Ron P. should fill the to-be-vacated seat on the LST board. We couldn’t find a more qualified, dedicated or knowledgeable person.”

• “Was the change of chief to Public Safety Director ever discussed in a public meeting? Was there a vote on it, if one is needed? I would think there would be. For transparency I would sure hope so.”

• “If somebody is your friend for a long time and you think they are a good person, at some point you have to realize what a big destructive turd they are and step off their big idiot train before you become an idiot, too!”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 June 2016 16:08

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Sound Off 6/1/2016

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• “Why is the person that owns the burned out property on Wilson Street allowed to let that eyesore stand for so long?”

• “It’s a great thing to hear the Lower Swatara commissioners have approved two police officers to replace the two that left. This is a great step in the right direction for our community and mending a lot of valuable relationships. I speak for many here so, sincerely, thanks for keeping our and your police department running. Positive actions deserve as much attention as negative actions. Kudos on this one, Board of Commissioners.”

• “Good acts breed great relationships and can quickly kill a lot of negativity.”

• “So I saw two Lower Swatara officers out on Friday night who looked absolutely exhausted. Come to find out that one was working 18 hours straight and another was on a 22-hour stretch due to low manpower. Firstly, I feel horrible for those two officers who had to work that long, but secondly, the danger this poses not only to themselves but the public in general. No one person can think clearly or straight with that long of time on duty. Officers are put in serious situations that sometimes require life and death split-second decisions and you have two officers clearly exhausted making those kinds of decisions. It’s a shame on the commissioners for allowing the manpower to get this way just to save a few dollars. I guess it doesn’t affect their family so they don’t care; bottom line is they’re saving money and that’s all they care about.”

• “Don’t you think that ‘news media’ should be impartial and neutral in their reporting? I was watching Channel 21 News the other day and they reported that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump said, ‘The EgyptAir plane was probably brought down by terrorists.’ Commercial came on, so I turn over to Channel 8. They were doing a segment on the ‘stupid things’ that Donald Trump has said. He said, ‘The Egpytair plane was probably brought down by terrorists.’ Never mentioned that their girl Hillary said the exact same thing. And that Susan woman, when she says the word ‘Republican’ she spits the word out like you and I would say ‘ISIS.’ Very unprofessional, Channel 8. If this gets printed, someone cut it out and mail it to whoever is in charge of Channel 8. Me? I’ll never watch any news on that channel again.”

• “Love how the Middletown Area School Board kicks the can down the road by two years of zero tax increase. The board is just setting up the next board to deal with the shortsightedness. Shame on the administration for not standing up to these goofballs.”

• “OK, the joke is over. Ha, ha, very funny. Can we please have Barbara Layne back on the school board to restore some common sense? These new board members are uninformed people.”

• “People, remember Benghazi. We already know how Clinton will answer the 3 a.m. call.”

• “Good employees do need protection when attacked without reason by self-serving small minded leaders, scary truth!”

• “Yes, the LSPD isn’t happy because they might make $60,000 to $100,000, but that is only if they work overtime, which means basically living at the station and giving up their life. How would you like to eat all your holiday meals at a little table with hard chairs and maybe have your family bring you leftovers if you’re lucky? Or better yet, how would you like to miss most of your children’s events because you only get off one weekend a month? But oh, wait, in order to make $60,000 I am going to have to take those two overtime shifts? People, come on, we need the police, start supporting them, go to meetings, they just want to be able to live happier lives with their families!”

• “I want to hear from Fager, not Finkenbinder. Fager is even at the hearings.”

• “I’m looking at the front page of the Press And Journal at the picture of the brick work. Does anyone else see the problem I see? When it rains, especially in the winter, I can see the water pooling and freezing. I can also see a lawsuit coming from the first person that is injured from a fall there. Just drive through Steelton when it’s raining and you can see the water pools in all of the places where they put brick, too.”

• “In a city of a couple million people, maybe 1,000 hit the streets flying the Mexican flag and protesting Donald Trump’s run for president. What do you think those other million plus people are thinking? When the majority of Americans cast their vote, those 1,000 ‘thugs’ can pack up and head south. No one’s going to miss them.”

• “It was Bill Clinton that pushed to have it made illegal for banks to deny a loan to people that could not afford it – folks making $10,000 a year and trying to buy a house priced at $400,000. Thereby he was the cause of the housing bust and foreclosures that caused the banks to go bust.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 June 2016 15:22

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Sound Off 5/25/2016

“Is it bad that I am embarrassed with my parents for how they act when talking with others and media on something they do not agree with? I was not raised to handle things in the manner they are. Any other students in this situation? What do you do? I have removed signs from our yard but they found more someplace.”

“To the person about Middletown being a joke: I am not from Middletown but the ones that make that town a joke is only a handful. We go to Middletown often and most of the people are good people. With that said, it is that handful of people that holds the town back for the most part. It occurs to me that people there know if they lay on the floor and kick and scream that they get their way rather than what is best as a whole. The situation going on there now, I am sure will prove what I just shared with you. Legal or not. I heard a group hired Gene S. to push their point. When a friend Mark asked him about it, and why he is involved in this he said, ‘I don't know but I love a good fight?’ I think Middletown is a house with no parents home.”

“To the person who approves of tailgating. The best way to get me to slow down is to tailgate me. And I WILL stop for that 'dog' and I WILL get paid!! So please tailgate me, I could use the money.”

“Ya know, lady, I think your teenage son was glad I called you a bad name. He was engrossed in his cell phone, trying to ignore you mouthing off to me about something that was a figment of your imagination. I feel sorry for him that you're his role model.”

 “With all the educated, intelligent, and knowledgeable men in this country, can you tell me why the Republican Party couldn't find someone else besides Trump?”

“I hope criminals don't read the Sound Off. If they did, they see Middletown has no police and if Lower Swatara is handling their calls then that would mean Lower Swatara has no police coverage either. Wow, amazing how everything is about money until someone gets hurt.”

 “So Middletown had no police coverage and Lower Swatara is losing and not replacing officers at about the same rate, how long is it going to be until there are no police and they rely on state police coverage?”

 “Over on FREY Avenue they cut trees down by Caravan Court, what a half a--s job, they cut half down and let half up what did that accomplish? You should have either cut them all down or let them alone.”

 “Finkenbinder, I’ll light the first match for you when you start the crematorium. Don't let these crazy people in town scare you. BURN BABY BURN.”

“Chief Bey, what a disappointment!! This town had no officers on a Saturday from 3 p.m.-11 p.m. and you just say you had the day off and so did everyone else for whatever reason?? You are the top dog. It is then YOUR responsibility to be ON DUTY! If your scheduling went haywire for whatever reason, it is YOUR responsibility to do the shift. No matter what job, especially the police, the top manager has to do the job if no one else is there! Your handling of this situation and the excuse provided is absolutely pathetic!”

 “Some quotes are inspiring, some are opinions, but this quote by George Orwell is a fact of life in American society, here, there everywhere: ‘People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men (police) stand ready to do violence on their behalf.’... George Orwell”

 “To the person who posted that no managers were fired or left when Frank Linn was in charge at LST - not true. A manager was fired, and a police chief was demoted for nothing other than political reasons.”

“Yea to all the black voters that want Clinton to win, go ahead dummies vote for her you all know who she cares for the illegal’s. She will make sure they take the black jobs away. A vote for Clinton will assure the illegal’s will get benefits that a lot of blacks can't get. If you like the last 7½ years, vote for Clinton. Only Trump will bring jobs back to the USA.”

“There's a problem at one end of Middletown where I never see any police and there are ATV's and off road bikes running down Frey Ave. and past the ball field. I wish the police would catch these noisy people. One time I saw two off road bikes on Adelia Street going down the sidewalk. Where are the police, are there any police in this town?”

 “When are they going to open up a strip club in this town? I'm tired of hearing about the Lezzies and Gays.”

 “So now the chief is leaving Lower Swatara and rumor has it another officer is leaving at the end of May. They lost two officers last year and a township manager. One could say with all the Sound Offs and letters to the editor that there is obviously something going on at the township and its leadership. The township and its leadership seem to have lost control and respect from the employees and the public. It used to be Middletown in the paper all the time and now it seems that Lower Swatara is taking the cake. I think it's time the public starts coming to the meetings and begin to ask some serious questions such as why are the taxes so high yet my services are being cut or not replaced even when budgeted. How about why the township has $2,000,000.00 extra to put in a CD account? If we have $2 mill to hold back why are the streets in such bad condition? Why are the cops driving broken down cars? Where is the rest of the money going? This current board seems to be making a lot of bad decisions that will affect us all in the future when their tenure and time are done.”

 “Those who worry about the evil they commit unto others show how worried they are about their image when they make idle threats and try to silence those who step out into the light to show the truth to those who don't know.”

 “Where are all the public comments and meetings that the commissioners promised when it came to the dealings with the police department and their plans with it? Way to be transparent.”

“Hey I like Sgt. Bennet, he seemed like a good person to me and I talked to him many times. To the police chief lets get him back.”

 “People in Middletown are worried about bodies burning in a crematory, I think the township needs to worry about their dirty laundry set to be ‘aired out.’"

 “Listen, if Bernie would have had Hillary's B/M illioneers that race wouldn't even be close.”

 “Did you know, if you went into every house in America you would find one or both of these items: cheese and/or peanut butter.” 

"Unions protect good employees? They also protect drunks, dopers, and goof offs. In most cases ‘good employees’ don't need protection.”

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