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Posted 9/4/12

Middle school can finally wear shorts until Oct. 31. Woo-hoo.” <BR><BR>----<BR><BR> “Council president McNamara wants to use Sullivan's comparison of Grove City (GC) to Middletown (M) to get rid of employees. Unlike …

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Middle school can finally wear shorts until Oct. 31. Woo-hoo.”

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“Council president McNamara wants to use Sullivan's comparison of Grove City (GC) to Middletown (M) to get rid of employees. Unlike Councilwoman Sullivan's comparison, let's go a little more in depth. Middletown's count includes supervisors and starts as of 1/1/2013. ELECTRIC DEPT - GC (8), M (7). WATER/WASTEWATER - GC (8) plants only. M (10) includes plants, collection and distribution systems. HIGHWAY/PROPERTY - GC (14), M (10). Total public works employees - GC (30), M (27). Add administration employees - GC (44), M (32) = totals. This is your comparable town? Tell me again – why do we need to get rid of employees?”

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“Is there a reason Council President McNamara appointed only four councilors to meet with the state for the Act 47 meeting? Was it done to avoid the Sunshine Law? Is it legal to intentionally avoid the Sunshine Law? Hmmmm.”

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“To correct a comment made by Borough Communications Director Chris Courogen, no Middletown Borough union employee earns $38 per hour. Also, the borough is not required to use a specific employee to change a light bulb. He is attempting to make the residents hate the union. PATHETIC!”

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“Does the Middletown Borough Council have the legal right to sell the water system? I thought it was owned by the Middletown Borough Authority? Maybe that's why they want to get rid of the authority. Here's a better idea, council: If you want the expense of the water and wastewater systems off your books, make the authority an operating authority. Then charge them for billing and collections. SIMPLE! But then I guess that's not really your goal!”

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“I think the electric department should have to pay part of the general fund with their profits. I sometimes see some of the guys in the highway department flagging for them. Some of those guys are my neighbors. I also see them mowing the electric department’s grass. I saw that girl in the highway department planting their flowers the other year – just an example. What is wrong with the electric department paying for the services they receive? If the water guys had to fix a clogged pipe in the electric department’s parking lot, then I think the electric department should pay the water department for their services out of the electric budget. There is nothing illegal about paying one’s bills. And as for administration costs coming out of the electric budget, that should be allowed also. They do administrative duties for the electric as well as the other departments – they should pay their fair share of the costs.”

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“Great article, Joe. I was even told that the borough’s policy even had to be followed after an employee left the job for whatever reason. A gag order ‘til death? What kind of people are running our town? They only tell the public what they want them to believe. Not very honorable, are they? They have to be hiding something if no one is allowed to talk. I feel bad for the people working there. In a time where we are all trying to stay afloat, these people have to deal with the town council's propaganda and the threats that come with it. I saw no info on the borough’s website about the TMI release of radiation. They are all irresponsible. I guess if they didn't put it on their website it must not have happened.”

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“It seems so pointless to get on Sound Off and speak your mind when there is no help at council meetings. People don’t want to go to council meetings and tell them what they think. They want to hide behind the anonymity of this column. This is not how you get things done. You MUST come to meetings, like it or not. Otherwise, everyone will see that nobody really cares what they do.”

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“I hope Penn State becomes a beacon for protecting children.”

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“In regards to the electric company not being called out until the call taker got approval from Courogen or his staff: Isn't it illegal for a utility not to take IMMEDIATE action when an outage occurs? I think the state Public Utility Commission needs to know about this. I'll pass it on to them – and every resident affected should do the same.”

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“This council needs an enema!”

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“Middletown should be able to have some type of a recall election or binding referendum vote regarding our moronic council. When you look at the personal lives, since high school, of the people running things, you can't help but wonder how they got their position?”

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“PLEASE fix the traffic light at the intersection of Ann Street and 230!”

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“Mr. Louer, you made the statement that you would not have voted to defund the library if you thought it would put the library in jeopardy. Would you please explain to us concerned citizens just what you consider ‘in jeopardy’? I certainly think the very real possibility of the library closing would be considered ‘in jeopardy.’ Just how do you people think the library will be able to stay open with funding? You know as well as we do state aid is only around $30,000. Just what contributions is McNamara talking about, and how much? It is not realistic to expect the library to be able to raise several hundred thousand dollars every year to sustain its services, or even $100,000. Is it so sad that this council has very little appreciation for an institution that has been in this town for over 85 years thanks to the hard work of a group of dedicated individuals.”

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“Just how does council think this borough can function properly and be maintained properly and safely with only 12 employees? What a joke. McNamara hired half that number for office positions to ensure he had his puppets in place. When is he going to cut those jobs? Lots of waste in administration positions.”

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“If council wants nothing to do with the library and drew up an ordinance to that effect to state that the library is no longer part of the borough, then why should the council be the ones to appoint the library board? They already delayed approving very qualified people to that board just so the library would not be qualified to receive any state aid. They knew there was a deadline for the library applying for that aid and that it had to be submitted with the board's signature. McNamara wants it both ways – he wants to be in control of everything in this borough without the responsibility.”

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“Yes, council, by all means let’s sell the assets that actually make money in this borough. Let's sell the electric and water company so the only means of income for the borough will be OUR taxes. WHAT A BUNCH OF MORONS!”

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“When is the MPD going to start issuing citations to the skateboarders and inline skaters for darting in and out of traffic and destroying public property? Besides that, doesn't Middletown have a curfew?”

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“Wouldn't it be nice to see a police officer or two just take a walk around their own area to curtail some of the drug dealing and shady activities going on in the downtown area, instead of driving to Pineford waiting for something to happen? What are they going to do when they have a bunch of drunk college kids who just moved into those new dorms?”

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“Obama and ‘Bowdown’ sound stupider everyday, so Mitt shouldn't have a problem.”

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“I'm really not the type of person to be the grammar police, but I'm so tired of people's misuse of the word ‘to’ and ‘too.] It is not ‘to big,’ it is ‘too big.’ It is not ‘to small,’ it is ‘too small.’ More people than not use it incorrectly.”

  

“You know, folks, you thought I was kidding about these people on council – it really doesn't go any lower than this. Whatever word you wanna call them. you may, but in the end it won't matter.”

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“The only people benefiting from this corrupt council led by McNamara are the slumlords and their Section 8 tenants. Putting Bowman and Still on any borough commission is a downright injustice to the residents who take care of their properties and want to see Middletown grow as a community, not sink as we are now!”

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“Ed O’Connor, after reading your Viewpoint article last week I have come to the conclusion that your math is as fuzzy as Mark Morgan's. Maybe his firm can hire you to help us out of this crisis this council put us in!”

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“So I called the Middletown Cemetery about the lot that was sold. I was told that it was due to the cemetery running out of money. I was also told that a two-story, office-only building was to be built there, and that a nice fence would be put up around it so it does not interfere with the cemetery. Building on that plot of land will not start for two years. I'm curious to see how this plays out. With all the lies that have been told to the people who live in Eagle Heights, have you noticed the influx of students walking through the cemetery? I know I have seen more and more students walking through my neighborhood. Have you gone up to Eagle Heights and seen the kids hanging out in the streets? Unwilling to move when homeowners try to drive through?”

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“Middletown residents: The town is looking for a few good men and women for council. It doesn't matter if you are Democrat or Republican. You only need to know the difference between right and wrong.”

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“The electric company gotta go! I keep hearing Middletown electric is cheaper, yet friends in Hummelstown with a home my size pay on average $100 less a month! Then I was told we're not allowed to go solar in our own homes because we're in Middletown. Is this true? Businesses won't come here because of high electric rates and taxes. I've heard that firsthand from many business owners who went elsewhere. While we're on the high price of everything, let’s talk about our outrageous school taxes! When we get this borough mess fixed everyone should go after the school board. Our higher-ups can take a damn pay cut so the money can go to actually teaching our children. Getting rid of teachers and programs is ridiculous!”

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“Middletown Borough Council and secretary, public record shows that there is no Teamster employee who makes $38 an hour. As a resident, I am against misleading information. I am against more people losing their job. I am also against the many conflicts of interest that seem to be apparent within this council. The taking of our tax money and paying more for services outside our community, such as the Patriot-News versus the Press And Journal. How about choosing the highest estimate for IT services, and paying extra for your friend to be performing those services full time at the borough building for two years. I am against the borough secretary driving the borough manager’s vehicle to and from Camp Hill everyday. I am also against the secrecy that the borough has shown to our town, and the fact that you forced employees to sign a policy forbidding them to be able to speak freely and terminating their employment if you feel they violated that policy. JUST SAYING – MY OPINION.”

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“Ten million in the trust, $3.6 million that they won't transfer to pay bills, zero phones in police chief's office, Courogen talking about something, PRICELESS.”

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“Middletown loses one of its best officers and Royalton gains one! And he even brought the motorcycle with him. Just goes to show you where MPD is headed.”

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“Once again everyone flapping their jaws not going to meetings and thinking they know what is going on. Act 47 this, Act 47 that – if you people went to the meetings and listen to what they are saying you would understand what is going on, but that would require a little effort on your part. I lived in this town over 50 years and all residents want to do now is complain about this and that from their couches without lifting a finger. I have never seen this town so lazy. It's not 100 percent council’s fault for this – the citizens let this town go. Landlords not taking care of their homes, people who own their own not taking care of theirs, either. When things like that happen you end up getting a different class of people, which is what we are getting in this town. Everyone today wants something for nothing. There is no pride in this town anymore and that is something each and every one of us is to blame for.”

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“Just read the new ordinance concerning the library. Council just gave the library a death sentence, but ‘we are not closing the library.’ What a bunch of crap.”

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“Council, where did you come up with several hundred thousand dollars to give to the fire company but can not give the library any? I thought this town was financially strapped?”

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“Hey council, if you don't want any responsibility for the library, why does council have to appoint the board members? Sounds like control issues to me.”

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“Mullet versus Whiskers – Middletown’s Ultimate Battle !! :)”

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“I hope the residents of Middletown realize that if council does not allow a profit to be made from reselling electricity, as has been done for at least the last 50 years, they will be required to raise property taxes to make up the difference. With such a large number of rental properties in the borough, this will mean that renters will be paying NOTHING for the same services they have been paying for in the past by the extra 3 cents or whatever per kilowatt charge. Middletown Borough Council is catering to renters and Section 8 residents by lowering what they pay to support this town. Many are already getting reduced rent – now their electric bills are also being reduced. So where does the additional burden go? Why all of a sudden does this council feel this practice is so bad that they reduced electric rates below cost to create a budget deficit and have to cut so many services, including the communications center, to make up for a problem they created? There is no benefit to anything they have done and they all should be impeached and replaced by people that could run this town like a private business and actually make a profit from its services like it used to do.”

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“At a recent borough council meeting, Jack Still read from an article in the Press And Journal from 2002 in which Michael Booker, a former borough manager, expressed his concerns for the borough’s financial situation in 10 years and his opinion of borough council's tendency to micromanage. What I found interesting about this presentation was Councilor McNamara's reaction. He seemed surprised! How could this be when on Dec. 27, 2001, Councilor McNamara voted against hiring Mr. Booker, which means as early as 2002 Mr. McNamara was fully aware of what the borough was supposedly facing in 10 years? However, it seems Mr. McNamara chose to ignore this dire prediction at that time. Now, 10 years later, Mr. McNamara seems to have found all the answers to correcting the difficult position the borough finds itself in because of ‘previous councils’ who chose to ignore the concerns of Mr. Booker. How ironic that several members of those previous councils are currently on council, i.e., Rhen, Louer and behold, Mr. McNamara! Too bad it took Mr. McNamara 10 years to realize that this whole mess could have been avoided if the previous councils had had the foresight to act on Mr. Booker's advice instead of neglecting to back him and have him deciding you can't fight city hall!”

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“President McNamara, councilors Louer and Rhen, and Borough Secretary Courogen were seen having lunch at the Warwick Hotel in Hummelstown recently. Were all the restaurants in Middletown taken? Was this meeting advertised? Oh, I'm sure the solicitor approved it, as I'm also sure no borough business was discussed, just another strategy session of great minds. I hope the solicitor's advice was free of charge since as of June 29, 2012, the borough has spent $99,439.15 on invoices to McNees, Wallace & Nurick. Seems a lot for a town to be spending when that town is seeking Act 47 assistance. Oh well, the state (i.e. we taxpayers) will foot all the legal expenses when the borough is approved for Early Intervention.”

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“Gray is the worst color to pick for any sport. Gray shows sweat faster than any other color. Time to change the gym outfits, too.”

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“Everyone has wronged someone at some point. If you learned from it and stopped it, then lesson learned. Even honor students can hurt a classmate either by words or bullying. Mistakes happen.”

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“So how is the borough engineer going to provide this knowledge to the new planning commission council members when they're trying to save money? Engineers cost money. I'll bet it's more than $5,000 a year. Sheesh. Stupidity.”

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“This council isn't cleaning up a previous mess. They are creating the mess. And the mess is bigger than they know. It’s obvious the motive is to bust up the unions and put people out of work so they can bid out jobs to people they know. But they are also lowering our property values and lowering our credibility as a town. Stop the deception. Why are they paying more for services, more for police cars? Saving us money? I don't think so. Maybe they want to finish the job they started when some were on council the last time.”

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“Axing the planning board? Sounds like the borough council is in search of finding ways of controlling everything and everybody in this town. Stupid is what stupid does.”

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“When you think about how much power we give anyone who runs for public office, there should be either an IQ test first, or a resume with certain qualifications. Hitler destroyed the Jews by talking his hate and turning people against them with his power and no checks and balances. Here we are in Middletown. What they say, you believe? These jobless landlords? Are you kidding me? Anyone can get on this council. In fact, why are we still voting by ward? Shouldn't everyone in town get to choose all nine? Time to change that! Why should only someone's neighbors get to vote on them? What if I know that one is a racist but doesn't live in my ward? I have no recourse. Have a heart attack already and save us the trouble of voting you out. Trouble is, they all say they don't care if they are voted out next year. They just want to do their dirty work and walk away smiling. Well, you all voted them in so live with it.”

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“Amazing how the big spenders in Middletown don't like Rhen and Louer. Gee, they got elected. The people against them should run their mind and stop running their mouth.

“Republicans don't have a problem with welfare and public assistance. We have a problem with people who take it but don't try at all to get out of it. Republicans work hard to make a living. We shouldn't give our money to lazy people who take advantage of welfare, food stamps, disability, workmen's comp, etc. We'll help you get off your butt and provide for yourself and be a contributing member of society. But we're not gonna feed you and change your diaper your whole lazy life!”

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“AGAIN! PLEASE fix the traffic light at the intersection of Ann Street and Route 230. Sitting at red lights in both directions for nothing and wasting gas!”

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“History does repeat itself. Take for example: In the 1980s, borough council, including Louer and Rhen, established a public works department (or thought they did) complete with a public works director. However, shortly thereafter the public works director left town under mysterious circumstances and was never replaced. Hope they have better luck this time. I'm sure McNamara still has a few cronies left out there somewhere who will fit the new job description admirably.”

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“I love Eggy!”

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“How does the man who lived in a cave trump the murder arrest in Lower Swatara or Middletown going Act 47 on the front page?”

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“SCHOOL BUSES IN OAK HILLS HAVE GOT TO SLOW DOWN!”

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“I just read in the Harrisburg Patriot-News that the Middletown School Board approved the building of a new $44 million senior high school. Where is the money to pay for that school? Middletown is supposed to have a $3 million deficit. I have been inside the high school, it is a beautiful school and a new one is not needed. Enrollment in the school is declining and home ownership is dwindling, which means less people to pay school tax. Oh, there is the $10 million in the electric fund. I guess that’s how the middle school got built. I guess more money from the electric fund will be misused. That electric fund should be used for electric services like repairing equipment or buying a new electric generator that is needed.