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Sound Off - 9/24/14

Posted 9/23/14


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


• “Hey Mac. I seen those trees you had trimmed, and they were not near any power lines. How convenient …

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Sound Off - 9/24/14


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


• “Hey Mac. I seen those trees you had trimmed, and they were not near any power lines. How convenient that this was just all one big mistake! Do you mind mistakenly paying for my trees?”


• “I like how the Middletown Council tried to cover up the actual sewer and water increase. News reports earlier this year on TV and newspapers said the increase would be 39 percent. In actuality, on my most recent bill for 3,000 gallons used, the sewer increase alone is about 77 percent, with the water increase over 19 percent. The glossy newsletter didn’t even include the increase or billing structure for water rates, probably because they didn’t want questioned about the double and variable service charges. How they can get away with approving this much of an increase without clearly publishing it ahead of time is unethical. But then again, that is the way this council has worked. Rest assured this will be brought to the attention of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission so they can determine if this increase is legal or not.”


• “Your Middletown newsletter was just a pile of political propaganda full of lies. Do me a favor: Stop mailing them to my house. I’m embarrassed of how you clowns destroyed our town.”



• “The rumor is kids will start school two weeks before normal so they can get into the new high school. How can you say you have the best interest of the kids when you put them in un-air-conditioned MAHS in the middle of August?”


• “If Pennsylvania wants to raise revenue then they need to tax cigars, chewing tobacco. I don’t understand why it’s not. There’s millions of dollars to be made there. And Marcellus Shale ... that’s a very sore subject all the way around. Look to take away all of the frilly perks within themselves before you start taking away from the very people who actually do work.”


• “Alligators, snakes, exotic animals, etc., need to be illegal or have a permit! These creatures have no use being in homes in the Northeast, let alone anywhere else. The TV news people tried to make it seem like a cute story. Police should have kept possession, and the moron owners should have been fined!”


• “It’s so nice that our communications director and Chris McNamara’s friends or followers post something positive about themselves every week in Sound Off. I think they do this because it is the nice comments that they see or hear about themselves. Anne Einhorn was not at National Night Out because she was in York working. She explained this to the committee – but I see there was no mention that Mr. Brubaker, Mr. McNamara, Ms. Malone or Mrs. Sullivan were not in attendance at this event. I have not seen Ms. Malone or Mr. Brubaker at any town events since either has been on council, but they are to be there for the town. Why are we giving all this money to a fire department that cannot even get to the calls in town? When I was younger, the firehouse had fundraisers like chicken barbecues, flower sales, etc. Now I don’t even see them putting forth an effort to raise their own money – they are solely relying on the borough to fund them. I feel that if a local nonprofit wants to use their hall they should provide it to them at a discount since it is our tax money that built the new station for them. There are a lot of pawns in this town – Mr. Rhen being appointed to the sewer/water authority, Mr. Louer Jr. being appointed to the sewer/water authority . . . Really? They were not placed there for their knowledge of the operations. Russell Bechtel being placed on the  Vacancy Board … that clearly shouts pawn as he is at McNamara’s house every other day. I cannot wait for 2015 for a change in this town. What I am afraid of is the mess that the new council will walk into, but they can always use the same excuse you hear now: “Folks, I did not cause this problem – it was caused by my predecessors. I am only here to clean it up.”



• “Um, will someone please tell me why we need a full-time codes enforcer and two part-timers? Waste of money, if you ask me.”


• “I was very disappointed in the group picture of the Middletown Area High School marching band in Friday (Sept. 12) football program. So fuzzy you can hardly make out the faces. And the video from the eighth-grade transfer last June is horrible! I asked for my money back – but to date, nothing.”


• “Whoever wrote in to the Sound Off column and said we need to re-elect Chris McNamara in 2015: You owe me dry cleaning for my pants, since I peed them from laughing so hard. The only person in this state who is going to lose worse at the polls than Corbett will in November 2014 is McNamara in May of 2015.”


• “To the person who wrote in about the guy washing his car in the street and painting the curb yellow: I don’t know him, but I know the house you mean. The reason I know the house you mean is because every time I drive by I notice how well-kept the house and yard are, and I have seen him washing his vehicles, and I’m always impressed that he never seems to sit still and takes a lot of pride in his home and the things he’s worked for. The house did not always look that nice. I’m going to guess and say he moved in about 20 years ago, give or take. As for painting the curb, I’m about to do it to my own. The curbs in this town haven’t been painted in at least 10 years. (Although they did just do some on North Union Street.). This town needs more people like the guy that you’re complaining about, and less people who are complainers.”


• “A baby alligator at the Giant? Another prime example of the people that live among us. If you love alligators so much, go live in the Everglades!”


• “On Sept. 18, at 7:50 a.m.  I came upon a stopped school bus on Adelia Street in front of the fire hall, loading up students. The bus had no lights at all on. How bad is that? I go that way every day and knew that a bus stopped there – but what if I was someone who didn’t know the area? If it would have been foggy out, I would have never seen the students boarding the bus. I’m sure if I would have passed the bus, the driver would have reported me. The police need to know that the driver can be at fault, too.”