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Sound Off-04/17/13



“I would like to say, “Go, Bobby Givler …”


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“I was in downtown Middletown Friday night …”



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“If you read the community section school roundup …”



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“To the Middletown School Board: Please tell the Middletown taxpayers …”



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“Yes, I’m calling in reference to the downtown revitalization …”



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“When you took the wagon out of the trash on Ridge Avenue …”



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“Rachelle Reid has no clue what goes on with the council. She is part of the problem that the borough is dealing with now. Stop hanging out at the Press And Journal and having them tell you what to say and what to do. Do the borough a favor – don’t get involved. You already help destroy the borough finances.”

“Why would Mr. Rhen want to be mayor and a councilman?”

“I did not agree what this council was doing, but after being at the meeting Thursday we cannot afford to change council. They are doing what needs to be done, as hard as it is. Hats off, and thank you for doing a tough job.”

“Mark Morgan, you just lost all credibility with me. Shame on you.”

“My car was broken into while parked in Middletown. I fixed it myself and only lost some spare change. I won’t call the town police because I know they won’t do anything. So sad. You guys need a significant PR campaign.”

“The Journal did a good job investigating Mark Morgan’s lies at recent town meetings. One of them that was not brought to light was his comment on electricity rates tripling if the borough continues on this path. As Mr. Handley explained in his letter to the editor, untruthful comments like that are used as scare tactics by this group without merit. If you research previous council minutes, Morgan explains that 1 cent of electric increase results in $700,000 in revenue. If we are paying 10 cents for electric right now, and that rate would have to triple as he suggests, it means the borough would have an additional $14 million in revenue per year. The question to council should be, what increases to the borough’s future general fund budget would create such a shortfall requiring an additional $14 million, especially when that budget is only $5 million now? More lies from a group I no longer trust!”

“Is there any way we can get a policeman downtown on Social Security or market days to direct traffic near the banks and Karns? That used to be done and it was wonderful. I think the policeman was Greene.”

“Once ‘Magic’ Mark Morgan submits his much anticipated Act 47 recommendations to DCED, he will go quietly into that good night. After all, Mr. Morgan is a businessman and needs to find his next big paycheck, which won’t be from Middletown. Mr. Morgan also has a good reputation in the area, so when Big Brother comes knocking at the door, Mark Morgan will be a distant memory.”

“The borough secretary/director of communications will perform his job to the best of his abilities. After all, he is making a very good salary and takes home a vehicle every night. How can you blame the guy?”

“To the people that don’t acknowledge homosexuality or view it as sinful, the sky is blue and the grass is green. Are you going to get all of your beliefs from a man in the sky or a thousand-year-old book? Let me introduce you to a concept called evolution. You will die and those who accept others will outlive you. It’s why women can vote and why an African-American is president. If you can’t live in a world where others deserve to be happy and treated equally, then by all means – see you later.”

“So the Behney Building will cost Middletown taxpayers well over a $1 million. Serious? Where does that fit into the structural deficit? Ah, yes – no library, but pouring money into a perfectly good building to inflate egos, THAT’S helping the public.”

“Middletown isn’t nice enough to pay high taxes or triple electric rates. I’m leaving this place if they start jacking up the taxes, electric, etc. They better figure out which overpaid person they want to lay off, is my suggestion. It’s completely unfair to the people to hold them hostage and overcharge them – a regular business person would go to jail for that. And they don’t ask for tax, they take tax. Yet again, another thing you have no choice in paying. How do you think the average American can afford this? IT’S RAPE!”

“My electric bill is lower – maybe a couple of bucks – but what else have we lost? Library, police, commissions and boards that are now staffed by the same people. Oh, yes the biggest loss for my town – respect from every other municipality and official and resident. Put a spin on THAT structural deficit.”

“Now, there’s one thing you might have noticed I don’t complain about: politicians. Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don’t fall out of the sky. They don’t pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from American parents and American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses and American universities, and they are elected by American citizens. This is the best we can do, folks. This is what we have to offer. It’s what our system produces: garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you’re going to get selfish, ignorant leaders. Term limits ain’t going to do any good; you’re just going to end up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant Americans. So maybe, maybe, maybe, it’s not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here, like the public.”

“OK, so how dumb are we? Building a new high school when it really sounds like we can’t afford the old one. That’s like saying you can’t afford your old Pinto, but you’re buying a new Jaguar. Think about it.”

“What’s up with this town? Are we trying to prove Darwin wrong?”

“If the school is short on budget, they should make the parents buy their books and supplies like the kids do in college – give them a list and let them shop around.”

“I wish the Press And Journal would publish the PA Health Inspection restaurant violations. It’s interesting to see who’s compliant and who’s bad! Stop being afraid of losing advertising and call these reckless restaurants out!”

“I would like to know how anyone moving into the borough a few years ago thinks he is now qualified to run for mayor. Jim Curry has not lived in this borough long enough to even know most of the citizens and how they feel about the town. Now he wants to run for mayor. Hmm, could it be that he is one of McNamara’s boys?”

“You, Christian Left, seem pretty quick to judge, too. The anti-gay marriage comment was simply stating a biblical fact and the biblical ramifications for sinning. I think I’ll stay on the Right.”

“Mr. McNamara was on council about 10 or 15 years ago and claimed back then the borough was on the verge of bankruptcy. We made it 10 or 15 years without a hitch and now he claims bankruptcy again. I do believe this whole thing is manufactured and when the truth finally comes out this council and Mr. Morgan should all face the consequences of their actions. Prove me wrong, Mr. McNamara! Show the INDEPENDENT audits from the last couple of years, not Mr. Morgan’s.”

“It does not make sense to move a strategic operation such as the police department to a location that is subject to flooding. In 1972, the Behney Building was flooded with several feet of water. When another flood occurs, everyone in the department will be busy trying to move what they can to higher ground instead of doing what is needed to protect the citizens of Middletown. Since most of the powers-that-be are not lifelong citizens of Middletown, they probably don’t know this building is in the flood plain. Homeowners are not allowed to upgrade their properties in flood areas of Middletown, so why should council spend money they don’t have to move the police to a building with this danger when the building they are in now is in a secure location? They should not be allowed to borrow money for this project, or use state or federal funds. I guess this move helps to substantiate the rumor that they are planning on selling the Community Building/MCSO and lease back the office space that they need. Since they are leasing everything else, even lawnmowers, it just shows that they plan on selling all borough assets. I’m sure the electric department is next since they will be evicted from their new headquarters with the police move.”


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