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Sound Off - 8/27/14


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• “To the mayor in the town of Missouri where all this rage and looting and rioting is taking place: Take a play out of former Mayor Reid’s playbook during the 1979 TMI meltdown. He said looters will be shot.”


• “What’s up with the Sound Off Column? Don’t tell me the people it this town have run out of things to complain about! P.S., I blame it on that stupid little code that has to be entered.”

  (Editor’s Note: Addition of the “captcha feature” was necessary because of the hundreds of messages sent to Sound Off by computers.) 


• “And why did Middletown football need new helmets?”


• “To the people complaining about the Middletown Borough police: Maybe if you do not break borough codes, you would not have a gripe about them. I have made a dozen calls about trespassing, and the Middletown Borough police answered every call and resolved the problem. They were polite and did their job. Sometimes it takes time to respond because they are on another call. But they did respond. Thank you from East Emaus Street.”




Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 19:06

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Sound Off - 8/20/14


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• “Individuals like Mayor Curry, his ‘associates’ on the council and his handful of volunteers are nothing but a few crybabies and chronic complainers who jump up and down in front of the Press And Journal every time they don’t get their way! Wake up, Middletown!”


• “Has anybody ever noticed the complete difference between the Middletown police and Lower Swatara police? You never see any Middletown police out anymore and they’re so hard to get in touch with. You call, and the response time is something to be desired. Once they do come, you pretty much get the feeling that they just don’t want to be bothered. Then you have Lower Swatara police. You see them everywhere, in the neighborhoods, stopping all kinds of cars and doing small things like showing up at kiddie league sports or bingo at the fire hall. You call them and they generally show up within minutes. They actually wave to the neighbors and stop and speak with them while driving through the developments. When you do have a problem, you can tell they genuinely care about trying to resolve it as best as possible. Funny how the borough is in turmoil with their officers, yet just across the township line the police are friendly, efficient and proactive. Just thought I’d point it out. Thank you, Lower Swatara.”


• “Bey is certainly qualified for the chief of police job, but it’s clear he’s going to milk the residency rule for an extra year. And you know council will approve it. What a joke. They couldn’t even get the committee vote right.”


Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 17:58

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Sound Off - 8/13/14





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








  “Yeah, I just wanted to say that the Middletown Public Library …” 













“I would like to say to the mayor of Middletown …” 









“I heard the president from hell is once again socking …”






• “Article by Anne Einhorn is very gutsy. Much respect.”


• “Thanking Mayor Curry and Diana McGlone ‘for standing up to McNamara and the rest of council’ – really? McNamara was the one who promoted Mr. Curry in the last election. Unfortunately, Mayor Curry has turned his back on those who campaigned for him. What did McGlone do for Middletown when she was on council? McNamara inherited a mess and is trying to clean it up. It’s only a few people who complain about everything but never offer solutions! At least McNamara pushes forward to improve the borough, which is exactly what this borough needs! Keep up the good work you’re doing, McNamara!”


• “Thank you, Ann, for speaking out. I completely agree with everything you wrote. My husband has asked me to come to Borough Council meetings and I refuse. I will not sit there while council so rudely and disrespectfully gets up and leaves the room, for however long, to discuss items that should have been discussed prior to the meeting. We are their constituents. We vote them into office, and this is how they treat us. No other municipality does this. This is why Middletown is looked at as a joke. The sad thing is, most council members should be ashamed of the way Middletown is viewed, and they are not. They walk around holding their head high and behaving arrogantly. It’s very embarrassing.”


• “Travis Thickstun is the clear choice for police chief. He’ll move here, live here and become an active member of this community. The guy from Sunbury didn’t even want to answer questions and the guy from Susquehanna Twp. is just looking for a few years to ride into the sunset in his new home in Susquehanna Twp! Thickstun is the clear choice! Can you make one good decision, council?”






Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 20:28

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Sound Off: 08/06/14


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• “Thank you, Mayor Jim Curry and Diana McGlone, for standing up to McNamara and the rest on council.”

• “The only people who take Obama’s threats seriously is the White House.”

• “Not too many people can ‘retire’ with a full-benefits package and continue their yearly salary, plus land another fulltime job making as much money as they did before retirement. Wilsbach and Klinepeter, the two men who just left Middletown Borough employment, knew exactly what they were doing. They both had enough years to receive full retirement, so they bailed.”

• “Anne Einhorn said: ‘GMEDC provided the records in 2010. Where they went, no one seems to know.’ Why doesn’t she ask her friend and past (2010) council president, Diana McGlone?”

• “According to Anne Einhorn, the GMEDC has continued to provide information to the borough despite the fact that they are being portrayed as uncooperative.’ Why don’t GMEDC officials bring the document to a Borough Council meeting, provide it in public and prove their point?”

• “Anne Einhorn talks about how the process should be inclusive, not exclusive. She should take a good look at her own surroundings, associates and surrogates before pointing to others.”

• “I am liking the independent church New Beginnings. Pastor Britt does an amazing job and is a huge asset to our community.”


Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 18:46

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Sound Off: 07/30/14


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“Greg Wilsbach, now that you are no longer employed by the borough, will you please consider running for council? p.s., I'm sorry to see you go. I only met you once, but your reputation is sterling. I'm sure you got it from your mother and father. I do know them from your mom babysitting my son, and I think the world of both of them.”

“I am glad to see that Trooper Bey has kept an open mind about the police department. I for one am glad to see that he has kept up with all the inappropriate actions that have taken place within the Borough. It's important to know that your future employer is being investigated for misappropriation of funds and future co-worker has assaulted your future boss.”

“If McNamara gets out of this one then there's no hope for our town, my for sale sign is ready. Just sick how your group ran out, not just good employees, but also good residents.”

“Save our assets. In order to lease out our water system to a private company Middletown has to raise the rates high enough so that this new company can promise not to raise rates for an extended period of time. This is all being done so this group of idiots can get rid of our assets and make it sound good by the time they sign the contract. Say no to the leasing or selling of our water company. Next will be the electric. How will they make up the difference with all this revenue being leased or sold? The only way for the borough to get money in the future will be to raise TAXES. Then you will see what a true deficit is.”

“I keep reading that the communications director needs to resign or be fired. What on Earth did he do? He's raised a lot of money for the library, kept residents informed with the newsletter and done his job.”

“To the person who commented 7/23/14: ‘I’ve heard it about town and have read it in the Press And Journal’s Sound Off, Middletown doesn’t have a parking problem ... we have a people problem. This wasn’t any more evident than late afternoon this past Saturday during the Seven Sorrows Community Festival.’ Yes, that happened to me about 3 years ago when parking on the side of the dental office in town. A lady came running over to tell me I had to move because it was her husband's parking spot. I moved. After moving to town, I can understand that woman and all the others who covet the street parking in front of their homes. When there is an event that will bring a lot of people into town, they need to shuttle people down from the high school parking lot. Residents depend on the parking in front of their homes. Where do you suppose they park after coming home from work? Until you've walked a mile in our shoes, don't complain! People take up parking in front of my home all the time! They go to events at the Main Street Gym or they're traveling out of town and want to avoid the parking fees at the airport. They can park on the borough streets for free, catch the city bus, take a cab, or walk a mile to the airport entrance and take the shuttle. When homes have been cut up and converted into apartments with six or more people, that's six vehicles taking up street parking! Seven Sorrows should be considerate of the residents and provide a shuttle bus from the high school parking lot when they host events of any kind.”

“After reading today's stories about the Middletown Borough, I have to wonder. Arguments, resignations, and allegations of foul play! There must be something in the water… what a shame.”

“I see Middletown is going to raise the sewer and water rates. They say we will only pay for what we actually use. What about all the years I paid for water I did not use? Like they had a set price for up to 2,000 gallons. Which meant that if I used 1,000 gallons of water and someone else used 2,000 gallons I still paid for 2,000 gallons. They were making money off me all these years and thousand of other residents. Where did all the money go they made on people who did not use the minimum but still got charged? The more they make I promise you the more they spend.”

“Now Middletown is raising the water and sewer rates! Already announced raising property taxes to pay their pensions! How is this going to revitalize Middletown? You guys think putting in some fancy sidewalks and park benches is going to do it? Who's going to enjoy that? You need to start with the real problem - keeping people in this town, encourage new businesses to come here. You aren't going to do it by making it too expensive to live here or run a business here!”

“If police chief candidate Stephen Mazzeo doesn't want to talk to the public or the Press And Journal, then we don't want to talk to him! Tell him to stay home in Sunbury and rot out his final few years until retirement.”




Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 15:07

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