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Sound Off - 7/23/14


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• “Greg Wilsbach: Now that you are no longer employed by the borough, will you please consider running for council? P.S., I’m sorry to see you go. I only met you once, but your reputation is sterling. (I’m sure you got it from your mother and father. I do know them from your mom babysitting my son, and I think the world of both of them).”


• “I’ve heard it about town and have read it in the Press And Journal’s Sound Off, ‘Middletown doesn’t have a parking problem ... we have a people problem.’ This wasn’t any more evident than late afternoon this past Saturday during the Seven Sorrows Community Festival. To watch several residents jockeying and positioning their vehicles to take up as much space as possible as to not allow other vehicles to park in front of their houses – three cars taking up five spaces – and then to watch as these “grown-ups” scampered back into their homes snickering all the way… My friends from out of town drive around and around looking for a place to park to go to the fair with their children for just an hour or two. I and several other residents witnessed this first-hand and have seen it the past several years. It’s embarrassing to be neighbors of people who act this way.”


• “I saw that the Middletown American Legion baseball team forfeited a playoff game and had to withdraw from the playoffs. How does that happen?”


• “I don’t know if it’s funny or sad that the illegal immigrant children that are showing up at the border are better immunized than Texas kids. It just goes to show that ignorance is pervading this country at an astonishing rate.”


• “Bob Dinneen’s ethanol column shows his stupidity and obviously influence from the ethanol lobbyist. Ethanol gives your vehicle less mileage. It corrodes small engines. It coagulates during cold winters. It costs more to make the ethanol than it’s worth. And since wheat farmers switched to corn to get that federal government money, wheat prices skyrocketed and the regular turning of the crops is polluting our ground water worse than ever. Keep believing your ethanol garbage, Mr. Dinneen. Corn is for food, not fuel!”


• “Just got finished with this week’s Press And Journal, and I guess I should not be surprised that it took two months to inform the public of a stolen car and many other vehicles broken into in May in the Oak Hills neighborhood. Honestly, how is the community supposed to be vigilant when it takes TWO MONTHS to inform Middletown residents what is happening right in their own neighborhood? I would hope that with the new mayor this will be corrected immediately. Our police force is already trimmed down to the bare bones. PLEASE inform the public in a timely manner about incidents that will affect us! The police cannot be everywhere.”



Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 20:51

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Sound Off: 07/16/14


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“Do you know what really makes me mad…”



“Yes, citizens of Highspire, please be very suspicious…”



“Yeah, Bob Danine says ethanol is saving us gas mileage…”


“Where are all you big mouths that complain about people on welfare? Why aren't you complaining about the illegals coming over here in droves? Guess what, your taxes are going to pay for them to and they’re not even United States citizens.”

“I am sad and also mad as hell. Anyone who has ever had dealings with Greg knows what a polite, genuine, professional young man he is. And I will never forget how he canceled major surgery when our town flooded two years ago, and we almost lost power for days, he stayed and kept my lights on. God bless you and I will keep you in my prayers.”

“Councilors McNamara, Sullivan, Louer, and Brubaker all need to go. I have been saying they have done nothing but destroy and bankrupt this town. And now they ran off one of the best managers we had.”

“Middletown lost a lot when we lost Greg Wilsbach as head of the electric department.”

“Why is Chris Courogen still employed with the Borough? Chris McNamara, maybe you should be answering this question.”

“If you go over the speed limit, you are breaking the law. And guess what? As a lawbreaker you are a CRIMINAL!! The police need to do their job.”

“Great job Middletown Swim Club with your 4th of July festivities.”

“It's Tuesday night after the storm, going on 10. Parts of Oak Hills are still out of power. So what is the back-up plan?”

“The Middletown council members should arrange meetings at least twice a year with the voters of their area that elected him or her to council. This will make sure the council member is voting and implementing policy that the people want. Some council members are not doing what the people who voted them in want them to do. I do not think many people of Middletown want their utilities sold off. Middletown utility bills will sky rocket. Middletown people are being overcharged now for utilities especially water and sewage. Also there are two additional service charges added into the already inflated bill. Middletown people are paying utility bills for those that do not pay their bills. There should never be a shortage with all the money collected. About the $230,000 water debt, I do not think so. I think there has been some serious stealing of income from the water fund. This has been going on for years as with the electric fund. We need an independent audit of all Middletown utility funds.”

“Thank you Greggie for standing up to these four councilors. It is a shame to see you leave a job that you were so good at. I have spoken to a lot of residents and with all the positive back feed it is evident that the town is behind you. Good luck, Ephrata got a Gem :).”

“Ed O’Conner, please stop writing into our hometown journal trying to throw in the face of all us citizens on how lucky you are to live outside the country.”

“I presume the borough has a zero tolerance policy.”

“McNamara, you are quoted in the paper saying Wilsbach will have to prove the allegations. You should be careful what you wish for buddy. I have no doubt he will prove that and more.”

“Way to give council hell Wilsbach! Those idiots running this town are running it into the ground. It's an embarrassment! Run the rest of these buffoons out of town!”



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Sound Off: 07/09/14




“There is a beautiful stone house and out-building …”


• “The Clintons are broke – is that a joke? When they’re eating Ramen noodles and eating Spam, maybe I'll believe them. Everyone wants to be a comedian.”

• “OK, here are the facts on Middletown: Do you know there are only nine full-time police officers now? Do you know there are some police officers that never met the mayor yet? I can see this mayor is going to be a winner. Why is the borough worrying about remodeling the downtown area and bringing in more people when there aren't enough police officers to keep them safe? Do you know there was only one police officer patrolling the whole Middletown Borough Friday night? People of Middletown, that's why you don't see a police presence. Me, personally, I’d rather have more police officers patrolling our streets then remodeling the downtown area. Is the borough nuts, bringing more people to the area with less police protection? The police building is all locked up – you can't even go there to talk to anyone. As a matter of fact, I can't get hold of anyone in this town. People, we should fire everyone in the borough, even the new mayor, and start from scratch. Now doesn't that sound like a plan?”

• “To the lady that left a comment to Ed. I'm sure Ed paid into Social Security while working here in the USA, so he deserves to collect what he paid into Social Security no matter where he lives! If Pennsylvania would eliminate property taxes, people who do retire could afford to stay!”

• “Leave our assets alone. Before you know it our water bill will be sky high and our electric will be sold.”

• “I read an article about all the illegal children coming across our border. The medical staff was told to keep their mouths shut. The nurses are scared for the health problems these illegals pose. They have scabies, measles, chicken pox, Strep throat –and lice is an epidemic – and they’re putting these kids on buses and planes, and the American public knows nothing about it.”

• “Why don't the U.S. dig a big ditch around our southern border and then fill it up with quicksand. That way we would not need anyone there to stand guard. Problem solved. Why does everyone make everything so complicated?”

• “The only town to have an airport, train station, bus pickup, college, movie theater, river, creek, newspaper, radio station, two pools, restaurants, grocery stores, parks, nuclear plant and police force. Bust on Middletown all you want – we still have more than most communities and cities.”


Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 18:23

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Sound Off: 06/25/14


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 “This message is for Ed, the Ex-Patriate …”



“Hey you folks, school is out. That means the kids …”





“Yeah, I think I am going to relinquish my United States …”




“Well, I hope all you voters who voted for Barack Obama …”





• “Hillary Clinton is a legend in her own mind.”

• “Three things come to my mind: 1. “Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no Commandment greater than this’ (Mark 12:31); 2. “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them’ (Psalms 119:165); 3. “God is a God not of disorder but of peace’ (1 Corinthians 14:33).’’

• “When we get a new chief of police and he has his swearing in ceremony, are we going to have lots of dignitaries there like when Chief Wheeler was sworn in? It's only fair.”

• “You want the flow of illegal immigrants slowed down or stopped? Bus them all to Washington and drop them off.

• “Forget about Iraq, what about our Southern border? The Democrats are the reason our country will implode, and it's sooner than you think. They will do anything to stay in power – that's why they’re letting all these illegals come over here.”

• “I find it really funny how certain people in this town say they are so concerned and want to make it better, but once they get their pictures and names in the Press And Journal they disappear from the project completely – but are still taking credit for the project. I guess you will have this until the cows come home.”

• “I like when the school district proposed plans for the new high school they said this would NOT require a property tax hike. Well! I see as soon as those plans were approved, here comes another property tax increase. How much longer are we going to allow the school district to walk all over us before we finally stand up and say enough is enough? I'm ready! Are you?

• “Mr. Mayor, why don't you call Dave Sweitzer and talk to him about coming back as police chief? You may not know him, but once you talk to him you'll want him to be the next chief. If council doesn't call him, you should.”

• “Yes, in biblical times the human race would have died out, but we live in a modern technology world. Don’t forget that we are advanced enough to have donors, surrogate mothers and in vitro. We don't live in biblical times.”

• “We need to take care of this planet. We have nowhere else to go.”

• “I can't believe how un-American we have become – you can't do that, you can't say this. I hope you people are ready when this country implodes. And we can't save the world, because the world doesn't want saved.”

• “Hey! Let’s get the air show back in Harrisburg. Miss it.”

• “Has algebra changed in recent years? Isn't it the same formula? Why is the school district paying $175,000 for new math education when it's the same ol’ math? It's not like history books that need updated! Maybe the teachers need to teach it better. They think students should be as smart as they are so they just throw it out there and expect us to comprehend it immediately. Forget the books – maybe it's new teachers you should invest in!”



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