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SOUND OFF: 1/21/15


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• “So disappointed that the mayor has to sound off on Facebook and pit the residents of our borough against the council and the communications director. Shame on the Press And Journal for helping him to do so.”


• “McNamaraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!”


• “I love you, Dad!”


• “If borough management is so concerned about the lack of public works employees, hire qualified people! Heck, if they can pay $250,000 for a trellis and grass and put in granite curbs (what is with that anyway?) they can hire enough workers to properly maintain our town.”


• “Hey, King McNamara and Friar Tuckourogen: As the old saying goes, you live by the sword, you die by sword. TA-TA!”





Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 20:41

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Sound Off - 01/14/15


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• “Now a few council members and the borough manager and communications director profess concern about not having enough manpower to properly plow and maintain our roads during winter weather. What a joke! They are the ones who fired –  excuse me, eliminated – all the manpower. Since the friends of the council president hold the positions of director of public works and supervisor of public Works (which, by the way, there are only seven public works employees, including the few former electric department employees) maybe they could help shovel and snow-blow borough properties. That doesn’t take any plowing skills. Why do we need two supervisors for seven people? Yeah, we have more money than brains.”

• “The only thing lighter than air is a J&J Italian sub.”

• “Something really stinks in Middletown – and it smells like manipulation by one or two council members. If things don’t go their way, they find a way to make it so. Just tell the spineless borough manager not to sign an agreement ordered by the majority vote of council knowing if it isn’t signed in a timely manner it will be void. Calls for termination of employment due to insubordination and refusing to do his job. He was never really qualified or had any experience for the position.”

• “Another fine display of the incompetence that McNamara and his council cronies displayed with not plowing our streets! Every other town surrounding Middletown removed the snow so it wouldn’t ice up later but Middletown. Good thing they decided to let PennDOT plow the main roads – at least they were clear. This council needs an enema!”

• “I sound off here because I’m frustrated with Middletown, Section 8 housing and the lack of love for my area of town. I work to have a home and can’t take time off of work for a ‘meeting.’ Is there another way to be involved in improving it?”

• “Not playing your rivals does clear the way for a good season in a lower division.”

• “Thank you to the kind soul that shoveled/blew the snow off of the sidewalks of Wharton Avenue on Tuesday, Jan. 6. It was really nice to come home after a hard day and not have to do one more thing out in the cold crappy weather! Random acts of kindness are always appreciated, and I always try to pass them along.”



Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 20:37

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SOUND OFF: 1/7/15


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


• “Question: How do Royalton police patrol the Borough of Royalton when their police car is always parked in Middletown?”


• “Just read that the gas tax is going up by 10 cents. I’m sure it will undoubtedly be passed on to the consumers. What I don’t understand is why smokeless tobacco is not taxed? Cigarettes are taxed but “chew” is not. Doesn’t make any sense.”


• “I want to say “thank you” to Mayor James Curry and Diana McGlone for giving my family an award for having one of the best decorated homes in town. They both do a lot for the town and my family appreciates it.”




Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 20:14

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Sound Off - 12/31/14

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

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• “Please check out the movie ‘Bad Parents’ on Netflix. You will see so many Middletown parents portrayed it will literally make you laugh out loud.”

• “ ‘I own a house on Ann Street in Middletown. One of the neighboring houses is owned by a slumlord that rents to anyone who moves into the building. The tenants often have no pride and throw garbage out the back door, leaving it to blow into the yards. Sofas and other furniture are dumped outside in the alleyway, and it sits for weeks at a time. A green couch is there now. These same people often will stand outside in big groups, smoke cigarettes, drink beer and sometimes drug use. It’s been reported to the landlord, to the police and to the Middletown powers-that-be, and yet this landlord goes on. Add to it: There are two houses within a half-mile that were burnt from fire and yet not destroyed or repaired. What is Middletown’s problem? Why can’t it be more prideful?’ To the person who posted this: You have a codes enforcement office – use it! Landlords are required to report all those who move in, and when they move out. If you feel your ‘slumlord’ is not, report them so something can be done about it. If the proper agency doesn’t know, then nothing will get done.’’

• “Hey, Mr. HAAC Student, sales tax is good for pay because it taxes everyone. Let’s work on getting rid of property tax and school tax like two administrations ago we were promised!”

• “Once again I am reading that people who don’t go to the council meetings are once again sounding off about what they think, but don’t know, is truly wrong with the Borough of Middletown. Sounding off about hearsay is just plain dumb. If you truly want to make a difference in your town, get properly informed before you open your mouth and make a fool of yourself.”

• “Mayor Curry, I would like to know if our police officers carry Naloxone and are trained to use it?”


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