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Sound Off - 10/1/14


Submissions to Sound Off appear as written. The Press And Journal edits only for clarity and punctuation.


• “I live in Harborton Place, and that noise from the Turnpike expansion is deafening. The residents there should be able to claim noise damage to their ears. The noise is terrible. I heard when they were going to start that project they were going to put a wall up to muffle the sound.”


• “It’s heartbreaking to see people trying to get rid of their animals on Facebook. If you know a place won’t take animals or only one, why would you move there? All kinds of reasons that make me sick and make me realize most people don’t deserve an animal’s love!”


• “Another football season and again the cheerleaders are cheering to the old folks and the people who are there only to see the game. I am floored that they don’t cheer in front of the band and student section. Who’s idea was it to put those cheerleaders in front of people who are not the least bit interested in cheering the cheers offered by the cheerleaders? I know next year I will be sending this Sound Off in again, because it falls on blind eyes and deaf ears.”


• “First, people complain about vacant code enforcer positions. Now we have people complaining about filled code enforcer’s positions. Unbelievable if you live anywhere else, but it’s the norm in Middletown! Some people just whine about everything! Just be happy that the town finally got a competent one!”


• “Funny how you can apparently own an alligator and even take it shopping in Giant, but if you want to have a chicken or two for eggs, you’re out of luck.”


• “I just had a discussion with a current player on the roster, and that tryouts didn’t matter. As a former player, our legacy is being ruined. I was told half the team knows this error in judgment. I am not sure why no one has gone to the athletic director in the past two years. How can they fix it if it is not brought to their attention? This cannot continue.”


• “I wish they would hurry up and stick that pipe in the ground and get out of here. Making a career out of it.”


• “The Turnpike Commission needs to buy the rest of Harborton Place so we don’t have to hear all that noise they’re going to be making for years.”



Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 21:14

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Sound Off - 9/24/14


 Submissions to Sound Off appear as written. The Press And Journal edits only for clarity and punctuation.


• “Hey Mac. I seen those trees you had trimmed, and they were not near any power lines. How convenient that this was just all one big mistake! Do you mind mistakenly paying for my trees?”


• “I like how the Middletown Council tried to cover up the actual sewer and water increase. News reports earlier this year on TV and newspapers said the increase would be 39 percent. In actuality, on my most recent bill for 3,000 gallons used, the sewer increase alone is about 77 percent, with the water increase over 19 percent. The glossy newsletter didn’t even include the increase or billing structure for water rates, probably because they didn’t want questioned about the double and variable service charges. How they can get away with approving this much of an increase without clearly publishing it ahead of time is unethical. But then again, that is the way this council has worked. Rest assured this will be brought to the attention of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission so they can determine if this increase is legal or not.”


• “Your Middletown newsletter was just a pile of political propaganda full of lies. Do me a favor: Stop mailing them to my house. I’m embarrassed of how you clowns destroyed our town.”



• “The rumor is kids will start school two weeks before normal so they can get into the new high school. How can you say you have the best interest of the kids when you put them in un-air-conditioned MAHS in the middle of August?”


• “If Pennsylvania wants to raise revenue then they need to tax cigars, chewing tobacco. I don’t understand why it’s not. There’s millions of dollars to be made there. And Marcellus Shale ... that’s a very sore subject all the way around. Look to take away all of the frilly perks within themselves before you start taking away from the very people who actually do work.”


• “Alligators, snakes, exotic animals, etc., need to be illegal or have a permit! These creatures have no use being in homes in the Northeast, let alone anywhere else. The TV news people tried to make it seem like a cute story. Police should have kept possession, and the moron owners should have been fined!”


• “It’s so nice that our communications director and Chris McNamara’s friends or followers post something positive about themselves every week in Sound Off. I think they do this because it is the nice comments that they see or hear about themselves. Anne Einhorn was not at National Night Out because she was in York working. She explained this to the committee – but I see there was no mention that Mr. Brubaker, Mr. McNamara, Ms. Malone or Mrs. Sullivan were not in attendance at this event. I have not seen Ms. Malone or Mr. Brubaker at any town events since either has been on council, but they are to be there for the town. Why are we giving all this money to a fire department that cannot even get to the calls in town? When I was younger, the firehouse had fundraisers like chicken barbecues, flower sales, etc. Now I don’t even see them putting forth an effort to raise their own money – they are solely relying on the borough to fund them. I feel that if a local nonprofit wants to use their hall they should provide it to them at a discount since it is our tax money that built the new station for them. There are a lot of pawns in this town – Mr. Rhen being appointed to the sewer/water authority, Mr. Louer Jr. being appointed to the sewer/water authority . . . Really? They were not placed there for their knowledge of the operations. Russell Bechtel being placed on the  Vacancy Board … that clearly shouts pawn as he is at McNamara’s house every other day. I cannot wait for 2015 for a change in this town. What I am afraid of is the mess that the new council will walk into, but they can always use the same excuse you hear now: “Folks, I did not cause this problem – it was caused by my predecessors. I am only here to clean it up.”



• “Um, will someone please tell me why we need a full-time codes enforcer and two part-timers? Waste of money, if you ask me.”


• “I was very disappointed in the group picture of the Middletown Area High School marching band in Friday (Sept. 12) football program. So fuzzy you can hardly make out the faces. And the video from the eighth-grade transfer last June is horrible! I asked for my money back – but to date, nothing.”


• “Whoever wrote in to the Sound Off column and said we need to re-elect Chris McNamara in 2015: You owe me dry cleaning for my pants, since I peed them from laughing so hard. The only person in this state who is going to lose worse at the polls than Corbett will in November 2014 is McNamara in May of 2015.”


• “To the person who wrote in about the guy washing his car in the street and painting the curb yellow: I don’t know him, but I know the house you mean. The reason I know the house you mean is because every time I drive by I notice how well-kept the house and yard are, and I have seen him washing his vehicles, and I’m always impressed that he never seems to sit still and takes a lot of pride in his home and the things he’s worked for. The house did not always look that nice. I’m going to guess and say he moved in about 20 years ago, give or take. As for painting the curb, I’m about to do it to my own. The curbs in this town haven’t been painted in at least 10 years. (Although they did just do some on North Union Street.). This town needs more people like the guy that you’re complaining about, and less people who are complainers.”


• “A baby alligator at the Giant? Another prime example of the people that live among us. If you love alligators so much, go live in the Everglades!”


• “On Sept. 18, at 7:50 a.m.  I came upon a stopped school bus on Adelia Street in front of the fire hall, loading up students. The bus had no lights at all on. How bad is that? I go that way every day and knew that a bus stopped there – but what if I was someone who didn’t know the area? If it would have been foggy out, I would have never seen the students boarding the bus. I’m sure if I would have passed the bus, the driver would have reported me. The police need to know that the driver can be at fault, too.”





Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 19:41

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Sound Off - 9/17/14


Submissions to Sound Off appear as written. The Press And Journal edits only for clarity and punctuation.



• “Why does this country dwell on everything that happens? We have to have an anniversary date for everything – and it’s mainly for all the bad things that happen? Get over it. Move on. Let the bad memories go. You can’t go forward with the future until you let go of the past.” 




• “It seems we need the police department to do some speed enforcement on North Union Street from Main Street south to the construction. People have lost their minds. Someone’s going to get hurt.”


• “I don’t care where the new chief lives if he can straighten out that mess. Love to know why the chief’s job has such high turnover.”


• “Police budgeted at $2.5 million. Are you kidding me? Less than 10,000 population! Officers making 70,000-plus, motorcycles, dogs, off-road vehicles? Oh, please.”


• “Just received the latest propaganda newsletter from the borough. Wonder why when a nonprofit entity in town was in jeopardy of losing state grant money when the borough refused to submit the borough audit and budget after several requests that that was never put out to the public – but this administration never misses a chance to criticize or put their own spin on something when they can do so to try to make themselves look better or be the heroes?”


• “I just got one question: How can I get reimbursed for the trees I paid to have trimmed?”


• “Anne Einhorn (married to Gordon Einhorn, who is the legal counsel for and a member of the GMEDC): ‘May I just say in response to the director of communications’ report, I stand by everything I wrote. The real truth can be determined by anyone who is willing to do the research and follow up on the statements made by both parties.’ Mike Dalton, on his Facebook post: ‘Well I see the Borough is at it again with its BS Political Rag called Middletown Matters (They call it a newsletter). There is a lot of misleading and untruthful information in there as always. Remember our taxpayers are paying for that garbage to be mailed out.’ Research has been done! The newsletter is an eye opener! ‘Truth, Trust & Transparency’ was Anne’s political platform! She’s not provided any truth! How sad that Anne and Mike can’t provide anything to back up their statements. Turn over the documents! Don’t lawyers know to keep copies of whatever they turn over? If you want to be trusted and believed, do the right thing and stop the nonsense! Look at the Elks Theatre! How sad that it’s such a mess. Buckets and tarps throughout, and paper files thrown in a fish tank. I can’t believe the IDCA would allow the same people to continue running it when they can’t keep it cleaned and organized! Thank you to the communications director for providing the truth as to why grant money has been delayed for the fire department. We need to re-elect Chris McNamara in 2015 to keep us on track for the positive changes taking place here in the borough. I’m going to have to attend the monthly borough council meetings to see for myself how Anne looks over to Ben to see how he votes; then she follows his lead. I’m beginning to believe what I’ve heard lately: She’s just a pawn for the GMEDC. She didn’t even attend the Middletown Night Out. Where is their ‘Truth, Trust, & Transparency?’ ”



• “I see McNamara and his lackeys hired another friend. How many times does this community have to put up with their unethical behavior at the cost of our once proud town? What arrogance!”

• “How can a parent embarrass their kids by their actions and their choices? Don’t teach them to be unkind or unfair. It’s the children that live in the repercussions of the parents’ mistakes. Do as I say, but don’t do as I do.”

• “I thought there was an ordinance that you could not work on your car or even wash your car on borough streets. There is a guy that details his cars on the street and he is the same guy who paints his own yellow restricted parking on his curbs. I guess I will now start working on and washing my cars on the street seeing it must be OK if this guy gets away with it month after month. I would like to know what this guy has on the borough that he just does what he wants and no one says anything about it. Well, that made me feel better – but someone needs to do something about this guy. Everyone: Have a great day.”

 • “After reading the article about the pet alligator getting lose in the Giant store recently, I really have to wonder why anyone in their right minds would want an alligator as a pet? Sure, Rexie is cute and easy to handle right now. So what’s going to happen to Rexie when he reaches adulthood and the owner and her 3-year-old son find out that Rexie is getting too big to handle and expensive to feed? I know, just dump him in the Susquehanna River or the Italian Lake when he grows up and becomes a danger to society. He’ll become other people’s problems. Just like the evasive snakes in Florida. Rexie doesn’t belong living in a home with a 3-year-old child!”







Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 20:50

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Sound Off - 9/10/14


Submissions to Sound Off appear as written. The Press And Journal edits only for clarity and punctuation.


• “People, get your shovels out, and coats, because the cold weather is coming. WOOOOOOOO. Merry Christmas. How do like that, you atheist punks?”


• “Since when can one or two council members hire and fill positions without the knowledge and approval of the entire council? If there isn’t an ordinance for that, it should be the next ordinance created!”


• “When the borough finally gets around to hiring a codes person, why is it the first thing he does is concern himself with how people are flying the American flag? Just take a look around town and you can see a lot of more important violations! Once again, he must be a friend or relative.”


“Since when are engineers also financial consultants? Why is council letting engineers dictate utility rates? Wondering if all the new campus housing was taken into account when figuring the new utility rates.”


• “Regarding Ken Becker’s quote on the quality of Steelton-Highspire School District’s education: What makes Ken Becker an authority on the quality of public education? I think he owes the teachers of that district an apology. The district is not without its problems; however, Highspire has enough problems to go around without blaming all of its problems on the public school district.”


• “I have the solution to the electric rate problem in Middletown: We need to install wind-mills, and use all that hot air from McNamara, Courogen, Louer, Sullivan, etc. I guess we’ll still have a sewer problem, though, since the level of crap they put out exceeds capacity.”


• “Don’t talk about past councils and borough managers spending money like it grew on trees. This council spends money like crazy on frivolous things and unnecessary consultants whiled crying deficit the entire time! We might not have liked the high electric rates during Stonehill’s tenure, but the borough had a several-million-dollar surplus then – and if raising water and sewer rates were a priority, why did it take this council several years before even bringing up the subject?”


• “Sounds like McNamara’s friends, or the communications director, was sounding off in Sound Off last week trying to put their spin on things. Nice try, but it didn’t work – most of us know better!”


• “I think we need to start picketing McNamara’s house, as well as council meetings. He needs to resign. If we’re lucky, Louer and the rest will follow suit.”


• “Hooray! Great job at the council meeting! It’s about time the communications director and our council president started speaking out and providing the facts! Councilwoman Einhorn said, ‘If anyone out there has done the research, they know the truth!’ Okay, so where’s your truth, trust, and transparency? Please share! The communications director was spot on! Thanks for the slide show on the condition of the Elks Theatre. It’s about time the residents see the truth! No one else has shown otherwise!”


• “Councilwoman Anne Einhorn’s husband is the treasurer on the Middletown Area School Board. He promised no tax increase to pay for the new school. According to her, the people shouldn’t have to pay an increase in sewer rates because the former council didn’t raise the rates. Well then, no one should have to pay for bad decisions of previous school board members not to spend money to repair and maintain the present school building!”


• “Agree! Those iPads will be dropped. It’s too much to carry around.”


• “It is interesting how the Press And Journal editor jumps in to defend its allies, but will not do the same when the Journal’s allies make false accusations. Has anyone noticed the connection between Curry, Einhorn, Kapenstein and the owners of the Press And Journal?”




Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 21:06

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