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Sound Off - 4/23/14


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“The 2014 Ohio CAT tax increase, the CAT…”





“Oh please, please, please let me be the first to say…”





“I'd like to thank the Turnpike Commission for keeping…”





“Why is the Highspire code enforcement officer up in upper Royalton…”




:| “Why don’t Middletown hire Mark Kessler for the new police chief?”


:| “Why did the tree go to the dentist? To get a root canal.”


:| “I wish someone would let the residents know what’s happening with Harborton Place. Are they selling it or not?”


:| “Just wondering why the Press And Journal rarely reports on the various Londonderry Twp. meetings. Seems like information worth printing.”


:( “Funny how two-faced some of the wrestling congregation is. Sure, I will join your club. Oh, OK – I won’t say anything to Coach. Really?”


:| “I may not agree with what Dawn Knull said, but I respect her for doing it, and will defend her right to do it until I die.”


:| “Thank you, Rob Louer Jr., for telling Ms. Knull what everybody else wanted to. Kudos.”


:| “On Monday, April 7, 2014, I presented the Borough Council with a petition to abolish the position of the communications director that had a 187 signatures on it. It is my opinion that they felt that this was not enough signatures. I have created an online petition and will present this to council once again. I am asking that if you feel the same way as the 187 citizens that signed the first petition, please sign. TO THOSE OF YOU THAT SIGNED THE FIRST PETITION I NEED YOU TO SIGN THIS PETITION AS WELL. I had to start over with this second petition. We need to show them that Middletown Borough residents can come together and show that we are not just going to sit idle any longer. Please paste this information and follow. If you cannot do this online please contact me directly and I will bring the petition to you personally, as I do have a paper petition as well.

  Thank you for all the backing and support. – Dawn Knull.”


:| “I agree with the person about it being hard to pull out from the stop sign onto 230 from Spring Street. You simply cannot see without pulling halfway out on the middle of the road with those cars parked there illegally. The same is true from Girard Avenue turning onto Spring Street. The curb was never repainted yellow when the sidewalk was repaired. I’m sure these aren’t the only two dangerous intersections in the borough.”


:) “Appreciated seeing the shut down at the Reid Elementary School that was on the Journal’s website. Appreciate also the school district for being forthright and punctual in notifying the town’s newspaper about that.”


:( “I am just curious as to how the new police chief applications are going to be handled. Is it going to be McNamara and his cronies picking who they want just because they are friends, or is it going to be diplomatic for a change, and review all applications and pick the best one for the department? We shall see what happens. I can only speculate it is going to be the same old process of you scratch my back and I will scratch yours.”


:( “So many people say it would be a good idea to open a coffee shop in Middletown. Seriously? How would a business like that survive and thrive? Have you checked the cost of a cup of coffee? You wont be able to make a living selling coffee for a buck or two. If you think so, youre dreaming, or employed by the state or federal government where money just flows and flows and flows.


:| “Being a dad coach is OK. I am a coach for my childs Summer Slam. Now as for school, that would be fine as long as they do not have a child that is a current player on the team. This will bring resentment and unfair advantages to certain players. The athletic director should know this to be a fact. The coachs child and their circle of friends would alienate other playerschances by favoritism and biased choices. The booster committee chair holders should know this as well – that a team divided will never succeed. In closing, there is no issue for a previous parent to coach a school team and get paid as long as they do not have a child on the team.


:| “OK, Middletown Police Department, time for a new chief of police. Here is your chance to get it right. Make sure first and foremost he/she knows police work from doing actual police work (experience) – and there is a huge difference between years on the job and actual experience on the job. This is most important. Make sure they are people- and community-oriented and do very well with human interaction. Being a supervisor really does not mean anything when selecting a chief unless you have a big department where the supervisor’s duties are similar to the chief’s. Too often, supervisors are those who passed a test but not the most qualified to lead men, let alone a department. Hire somebody who loves their job and department and wants to see it be great, but also can work well with their councilmen/commissioners. College degrees and supervisor experience at the end of the day have no actual bearing on how a person will succeed and/or perform as a chief of police. Don’t be fooled by the stack of papers and resumes they hand you. Police officers and chiefs who are great are not power hungry, deal well with all people and always have the department and the community’s best interest in mind. More important than anything is their level of real police experience, and those who are well-rounded in all phases of police work, because they have a greater understanding of all aspects involved in police work. This is your chance to hire a great chief – don’t make the mistake of just throwing somebody in there out of convenience, costs or favoritism. Do it right, and you won’t regret it and fail again. Good luck!”


:| “All people of Middletown should have a say who will be the next police chief. Involve the people in this. Have interviews at public meetings. It’s not against the law to do this. Considering all of the allegations of backroom deals and underhandedness – IF it exists. One would think our council would be bending over backwards to interview and vote on a new chief in public. Do the right thing, people!”


:( “Yeah, the woman got mad at me. I asked her, ‘What did you do to your hair?’ and she replied, ‘Nothing’ – and I said. ‘That’s what I thought.’ ”


:| “Will Mr. Bear be having a Powwow this year? I hope so. We need more things for people to enjoy.”


:| “I believe Sgt. Richard Hiester should be the next police chief.”


:( And my survey of 4 out of 5 dentists says those peanut butter eggs are going to rot your teeth and give you diabetes.”


:| “Does anyone remember the concerts that used to be held at Capitol Campus - now PSU Harrisburg?” 


:( “Why can’t Pinocchio play the guitar? He’s got no strings.”


:( “Community library concept is a necessary tool in the borough; however, I just ripped up my donation check to the Middletown Public Library. I realize that the only place we find gratitude is in the dictionary. It is a nice gesture to say ‘thank you’ if you can’t offer written acknowledgement. Look up the word ‘decorum’ or ‘etiquette’ in the dictionary.”


:( “I attended a committee meeting last week and the council prez lectured everyone how past officials are the root of all evil. How’s that going to bring this town together? Change and progress start at the top. Pointing fingers and accusing others will never help. When will you ever let it go?”


:( “Knock, knock! Who’s there? Hatch. Hatch who? Bless you, and please cover your mouth next time!”



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Sound Off - 4/16/14



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:( “I attended the meeting of Middletown Borough Council last week. It was one of the most embarrassing things I ever saw. Our so-called leaders had no clue as to what happened. And the borough staff there were just as clueless. Not worth the money.”


:| “Thank you, Mayor Jim Curry, for stepping up to the bully tactics by Mr. McNamara. You stood your ground. How far will McNamara go to now spread the word that you’re the bad guy and not on board for the good of Middletown?”


:| “Coach Nauman situation: Some have made me think. I was at two meetings to support Coach, but Coach was not there to support himself. Others have said there has to be more to it. I am wondering if that is why he has not showed up? Because he knows the reason for his removal and has no ground to stand on with the administration? If this is truly an unfair dismissal, would you be there as well to call them out on it? So I am really torn at this point. I feel the wool has been pulled over our eyes so we would support Coach. Because he would never let us stand alone in a fight. So something is truly unseen here, and not just talking about Coach. Very disappointed in all this.”


:| “Attention, Nauman supporters: The school district cannot release personnel information. Have your coach sign a waiver allowing them to release the information and sit back for a long list of his transgressions, then you will know he should have been discarded long ago.”


:) “I want to say that Mike Nauman is a class act in not being dragged into this controversy. I believe he has moved on, and you should, too!”


:| “So, Mr. Jim Nardo, do you now understand what a band of characters you’ve gone to bed with? You said you were frustrated? You haven’t seen the end of this.”


:| “I did an experimental survey of the peanut butter Easter eggs that are made right here in town. I took 10 random people and without telling them which was which, gave them a sample of both eggs. Nine out of the 10 people that were surveyed chose Seven Sorrows’ peanut butter Easter eggs.” 


:) “Way to go, Seven Sorrows, for your article in the Patriot-News last week for your peanut butter eggs. You guys ROCK!”


:| “I read that Sen. Folmer is against medical marijuana. Seriously, sir? Why is that a problem? I do agree with him, though, on his stance about unions and labor. Time for the union thugs to go and help our state be the powerhouse it used to be in the nation, in the world!”


:( “I’d hate to see the Elks Theatre close.”


:| “McNamara is trying to clean up the mess other people made. Give him a chance to do what is best for our borough. Attend the monthly meetings and show your support. The local paper isn’t helping when it only gives one side of the story! The taxpayers need to know how much the local paper charged the borough to advertise. The borough needs to find a reputable newspaper to advertise in. I won’t renew my subscription.”


:| “When I said Wheeler didn’t know how to be a police chief, I was right. Nobody ever knew how to get in touch with him. His salary is paid with my tax dollars. He works for us. When I said Wheeler didn’t want to be a police chief, I was right. I’m going to say it again: Bring back Sweitzer if you want someone that knows what their doing.”


:( “I really don’t understand how some people could pass their driver’s test and still not know it’s illegal to park within 30 feet from the corner of an intersection. That’s why the curb is painted yellow. However, the curb where I live hasn’t been painted in about 8 to 10 years, and the last time it was painted the paint was defective and peeled off in big strips. I don’t know if that is also the case on Main Street at the intersection with Spring, but someone keeps parking in the yellow zone on Main, and I have to keep calling the police because I can’t see to pull out from Spring. Regardless of whether or not you can see the yellow paint, you should still have enough common sense to know not to park there. It would also be really nice if a few of the members of Borough Council that aren’t fixated on grandiose plans for the town would look into the everyday things like the last time the curbs were painted, and do something to remedy this neglected situation. Oh, and how about a street sweeping schedule? We haven’t had one of those in a couple of years.”


:( “I don’t know how much longer I can put up with McNamara and his disciples.”


:| “I’m very thankful that we have Karns, and Giant isn’t the only game in town. I wish I would have kept a list over the years of all the things I used to buy at Giant that they stopped carrying – and some of them were items that were so popular it wasn’t unusual to find them sold out. Sadly, our groceries are controlled by corporations in more ways than one.”


:| “Is your view OK?”


:| “So, can anyone tell me how many Middletown cops are patrolling our streets during days and nights? I truly hope if and when a new chief is named – again – the guy or woman will actually meet the people, the same people who pay his salary and benefits.”


:| “Wasn’t the work in downtown Middletown supposed to start in April? I haven’t seen anything about plans or anything. Why is it so secret? What are you hiding, Middletown Borough? What are you afraid of? Why is it always someone else’s fault – and it’s ‘you versus …?’ ’’

  Editor’s note: Preliminary drawings of the proposed downtown revitalization by Dan Anderton, an urban planner with architectural and engineering consultant Dewberry, can be found on the firm’s website,


:( “I find it extremely aggravating that this Borough Council is trying to lease or sell our water and sewer plant just to get rid of the union employees. Why? I like our town workers, for one. And two, our utilities are priceless. Save our assets. Say NO to the sale or lease of our water and sewage.”


:| “How many people remember that our new mayor said he would not be taking his pay for being mayor? I do, and I’m thankful. Now if only the other bozos would do the same. Perhaps the borough staff would also agree to donating part of their salaries to the town – like the library. Hmmmmmmm?”


:| “Does the Harrisburg area have an animal hospital to take care of dogs, birds, cats? And a suggestion to the Hershey Medical Center: Find a cure for Parkinson’s disease.”


:| “I wish I had seen that petition that Dawn Knull was circulating. I know of about a couple of hundred other people that would have signed it – me being one of them.”


:) “I love the fish fries in the area. The pictures the Journal has been putting in are so good – so many happy faces. Thanks.”


:| “I have nothing bad to say about Chief Wheeler. I don’t know him. However, it is interesting the wonderful comments McNamara made about him. This confirms that he was friends with Wheeler and placed him there to have control in the police department. Remember, your words reveal so much about you. Why are people never put in the right place for the right reasons?”


:| “What does Lower Swatara do with its tax money? Where does it go? I mean, seriously! Hardly back into the community. Are they hoarding it?”

Editor’s note: A copy of Lower Swatara Twp.’s 2014 budget is available on the township’s website,


:| “Did you hear they hired a current player’s dad as a high school head coach?”


:( “Loud mufflers should be banned! Disrespectful drivers.”


:( “Fair isn’t fair in this district. Sad these people are so ignorant to see it.”


:| “Anyone beside me wonder why an entire building would be shut down because of a leaking roof?”


:) “Mrs. Knull: Thank you for standing up to the bullies in the borough. Don’t stand for their BS. And I got news for you people: It’s just not the elected or appointed people, it’s the staff of the borough as well – and it starts from the top and flows down from there, just like the sewers.”


:) “The story about the play at Steel-High was great. Good news. Also liked the story about that kid from Lower Dauphin and sports.”


:| “Facebook trolls abound in Middletown. Beware!”


:) “There should be a Zombie Festival in Middletown!”


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Sound Off - 4/9/14

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“What is the Middletown Borough Council, the Laurel and Hardy Show…”



:( “I went to the school board meeting to support some of my friends and fellow students. All I saw was a lot of adults showing us all not how to act. Even my one friend I was sitting with admitted he has been embarrassed by his parents through this. “Adults,’’ step back and look at the big picture here. You ALL look like immature fools – and even your own children are saying that.”


:| “Is the street fix-up in downtown Middletown going to happen or not? I would’ve thought the borough would’ve told someone. Wasn’t it to start in April? Once again, no information. No word. And it’s our tax money you’re spending – no other way around that.”


:| “My friends ask why I’m not blasting my Facebook with support for Coach Mike. Well, because I don’t agree with my parents’ view, and this is the only place I can say that. Thank you, Sound Off.”


:| “Everyone should just stop whining and live their life to the fullest. You just never know when your time on Earth is up.”


:| “Saw the Press And Journal asked if it was time to have a brew pub in town – downtown, in fact. Yes, sir! That’s what I say.”


:( “What is going on? I just got a call asking if I am going to be part of Team Griffen or Team Nauman. Or would I be interested in joining a new Team Wrestling club at the high school? For someone that was really supporting our coach, you are not talking like you did a week ago. People are two-faced. I think someone is not giving us wrestlers the whole story why things are the way they are.”


:| “Middletown School Board : Do NOT tell us why the wrestling coach is gone. It’s not any of our business. Thanks for doing your job. I also think the coach is setting a good example and not grandstanding about this. He is a class guy – from beginning to end.”


:| “It’s my understanding that the owner of the Village of Pineford, Horst Realty, pays 7.2 cents for their electric. We are being charged over 11 cents. I was told there is a demand fee being charged for each building and then it’s divided by the number of apartments. I think it should be a separate charge. I think they should show on our bill how much the demand fee was and how many apartments it was divided by. According to the borough, they charge them separately for the fee. I’m calling the PUC and see what the proper procedure is.”


:| “I heard from some people that the Klahr building in downtown Middletown could’ve been saved and someone wanted to buy it. Tell me, why was it torn down? The result – a lovely empty spot.”


:| “The Sears store must stay open.”


:| “The Sears store in Chicago must stay open.”


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Sound Off - 4/2/14

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“A new gas station at the intersection of 283 and Vine Street …”





“Yes, I would like to know what happened on Route 441 …”





“There is an oil spill on North Catherine Street …”





“A concerned citizen of Middletown Borough …”



:) “Thank you to the Lower Swatara officers who have really stepped up their stops for speeders on North Union Street. Almost everyday I drive that way, I see a lot of cars and tractor trailers being stopped. That road is very narrow, and with all the commuters in a rush to get to Route 283 they forget that many homes sit along the roadway. Keep up the good work. This neighborhood truly appreciates your efforts.”


:( “Can’t we all just get along? Stop using the past to poison your soul.”


:| “So let’s move on at the Middletown High School. A coach will be gone. Things change. Life is change.’”


:( “Once again, cry-baby parents controlling the school board. Sad to see Mike leave the wrestling team, but like everything else the board has no backbone. Let’s just eliminate all sports in Middletown and we’d be better off. Mike will be missed for all of the hard work put in. Let’s just see how low the Middletown sports go now.”


:( “I supported McNamara for a lot of things that have been going on, but now things are going too far. I’ve called him at least eight times and have not received a return call. Treat the employees that you have fair and do not get rid of them. Mr. Courogen’s position is a waste of money. The same with your buddy. He has no experience for that position. Why don’t you hire two people to help with the road crew that would give more manpower to get work done?”


:) “I made a visit to Garden Chapel Church. It was really nice. They have Bible studies for children through adults. You should visit.”


:) “Thanks to the Middletown Area School Board for taking a difficult situation and making a decision. I, for one, would not want to be in their shoes, especially our superintendent. Many will also disagree with something. This is just another situation like that. And many people will agree to what the district does but you won’t hear them yell about it. That’s the silent majority, folks.”


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Sound Off - 3/26/14

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“Londonderry Fire Company #1 is having…”






“Yes, I know this probably won’t be published…”






“This call is in reference to the leaving of Mr. Nauman…”






“Yes, I would like to know why there was nothing in the Journal…”



:| “Good luck with the A.D. actually doing the right thing when it comes to those in charge of any sports. Old habits of current positions only see their side.”


:| “Happy to read the days of the unanimous votes on Middletown Borough Council are almost gone. Finally, some democracy. Now if only we could get them to talk to us, and in a civil tone with some respect. That goes for both elected and employees of the borough., We’re not your enemies.”


:| “Snow blower rules and etiquette: If you are snow blowing your driveway, keep the snow in your own yard. Do not aim it at your neighbor’s yard or the street.”


:( “Finally, an expert said the problem with Middletown is its attitude. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that attitude if you’ve attended meetings of the Borough Council. Getting talked down to, dismissed, embarrassed and just plain rudeness from elected officials and their staff is the biggest problem this town has to deal with. Start from the top, boys and girls, and then you’ll make progress.”


:) “Did you see the great movies at the Elks? Those Mel Brooks’ films are a hoot. Thank you, Elks.”


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