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Sound Off - 04/22/15

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• “To the person that posted, “These gay people make me sick”: You might want to stay in your home and never leave it, because gay people are all over this world– in your grocery store checking you out, in your hair salons, in “your” church. Everywhere you go you will encounter gay people. What makes me sick is closed-minded people that hide behind the Bible and say God hates gays. It’s funny that we all were created in God’s image. Read your Bible – you just broke at least two of the Ten Commandments.”

• “To the individual who wrote about the tax revenue benefit of having six huge warehouses in Lower Swatara Twp.: Let me assure you that the only tax revenue benefit you will see is that the school board will spend more. Your taxes will never go down, and they will probably continue to increase, even though the ‘academic scorecard’ used by the state shows the Middletown Area School District’s ranking in academics to be getting worse with every passing year. Without fiscally responsible people on the school board who are not being spoon-fed by the administration, your hard-earned tax money will continue to get spent without much regard and actual transparency. And is progress really worth 500 additional acres of agricultural land being destroyed and over 1,400 more tractor-trailer trucks traveling our local roads daily? Maybe Big Business should look into utilizing the hundreds of available vacant warehouses all around us. And in the future, the six warehouses you want to see built could be sitting vacant. Personally, I’d like to see future generations have the opportunity to know what farmland looks like.”

• “To the person defending the proposed truck terminals: Although there are indeed historical graveyards in jeopardy, their preservation is not the focus of the ‘No Truck Terminal’ sign posters. Primarily, the Concerned Citizens do not want an increase in truck traffic or a reduction in the value of their residential properties. There are already plenty of properly zoned areas and lots of warehouses sitting empty, so let’s use those spaces and leave the farmland alone so the local farmers can continue their livelihood. If you think that the proposed increase in trucks will not impact the entire township and neighboring townships, then you are loony. Go to one of the meetings and get informed instead of blindly listening to the Hillwood propaganda like a mindless sheep.”

• “It used to be a standing joke among ‘men’ as to how much time our wives and teenaged daughters spent on the phone. Now everywhere you look, [ahem!] men are talking on their cell phones. The cell phone has turned our male population into ‘girly boys.’ ”

• “Hillary Clinton: Why doesn’t this woman just go away? She’s so darned crooked that if she would die they’d have to screw her into the ground.”

• “When are all the snobs worried about noise pollution going to realize the warehouses on North Union Street and Longview are a good idea and will bring in $4 million a year for our schools? I’m sorry, but your little group isn’t thinking about the rest of this community as a whole. Get your heads out of the clouds and quit trying to save an empty field and instead put some effort into securing this money for our school district and children.’’

• “These people who are intolerant of gays make me sick. All they do is whine. There’s more to life than being against gays. I wish all the anti-gay people would take a field trip to Russia.”

• “Whoever put the story in about ‘Benny Kapp’: I trust Mr. Kapenstein way more than I trust McNamara, Konek, Courogen, Louer, Brubaker, Malone, Bowman or Sullivan.”

• “You cannot charge for a table at National Night Out.”

• “Thank goodness I left that church, everyone is entitled to an opinion, but to put on your Facebook ‘one man and one woman,’ you’re not the preacher for me. I would never send my child to an intolerant ‘place of worship.’ God Bless!”

 

• “Why does this Mayor want to waste thousands of dollars on fireworks just for 20 minutes of sky explosions? I can see them in Harrisburg or Hershey, or on YOUTUBE. Surely, we can use thousands of dollars on community projects that will have years of benefits instead of a 20-minute blast!”






 

 

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Sound Off: 4/15/2015

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• “So I hear the National Night Out this year is going to cost $6,000 and the vendors are going to be charged for tables. How is it that it used to only cost $2,500 or less? And how much police overtime is it going to cost us this year? I heard last year around $5,000 in overtime was spent on one officer.”

• “The road signs at Main and Vine are idiotic! The signs are in the middle of the street and say, “road closed.” A lot of people want to get to the Mid-Town Plaza and Giant but think they’re not allowed to go further. Change the signs or move them out! They’ll get detoured at Adelia if they go further.”

• “Benny Kapp needs to tell the truth about the $900,000. He knows that the money was earmarked for the sewer infrastructure and paid in increments. Middletown Borough is debt free! Benny needs to stop playing both sides of the fence.”

• “These gay people make me sick, all they do is whine, there’s more to life then being gay. I wish all the gay people would take a fieldtrip to Russia.”

 

• “Beware citizens of Lower Swatara, I hear that President Mehaffie is friends with Middletown Borough President McNamara. It is just a matter of time before he has us in the hole like the borough! I am sure in no time he will be talking about disbanding the Police Department, and higher taxes and sewer rates!”

• “Vote for Hillary Clinton and you might as well vote for Jane Fonda, Self centered,un American ( insert B word here ) that she is.”

 

 

 

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SOUND OFF: 4/8/2015

 

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• “In reference to Patricia Gay and her ad about a handicap space: I applied for a space at the Middletown VFW for our older veterans who have served our country and are disabled and deserve a spot. Know how you feel. I am down by the river with not one house on our block so it really should not matter. Total bull! I may paint the curb and put my own sign up that asks please kindly reserve. Wonder if I could get in trouble? Lol – Crystal Mrakovich.”

 

 

 

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“I love reading that if the mayor and Council members “REALIZED” that voting no to the parking was proposal would null and void the old one they wouldn’t have voted no. Like I thought it was there JOB to know, if they don’t know what they are doing then why are they in the positions they are in? The Mayor is more focused on this stupid basketball game then what is going on in the Borough of Middletown. So now we have people complaining that they will move their business somewhere else because of not having one space on the street. Nothing is stopping the drop off van from pulling in the lot and dropping them at the door! Not to mention you can pretty much park anywhere you want in Middletown (unless it is snowing) and you will never get cited. Hell, there are cars parked all over the Borough that have no inspections or are so out of date it is a joke. Let’s get those cars off the street and make room for everyone. And for those businesses who bitch about cars parking on the street, well guess what Kuppy’s you don’t own the street in front of your business. “How about you buy a PARKING LOT like the rest of the world.” And as for the Amtrak lot that everyone is bitching about in the paper, call Amtrak!! Middletown Borough and Police have no control over a lot they don’t OWN! But I guess that will all change when the station moves. One more bitch, people take your Christmas trees to Woody Waste and get them off the street, it makes our town (yes I live here too) look like crap. And the trash does not pick up TV’s or computers!”

"Have you seen all of these ‘No Trucking Terminal’ signs around Lower Swatara Twp.? Understandably, I can see that sometimes people would like to preserve the past but at which point do you draw the line and progress into the future? The locations of many of these warehouses do not affect homes. Take a look –  there are only about 5-6 houses on North Union Street from Fulling Mill Road to the township line. Here is an economic development waiting to happen and provide the township with extra well-needed tax revenue, $1 million to the township and $4 million to the already over-taxed schools. I bet most people with these signs in the yards are also the first to complain about the township raising taxes as well. Sometimes you need to put the past where it belongs, in the past. This country would never be able to move forward or progress if we tried to hold on to the past.”

 

 

 

 

• “Have to agree with the comment from last week about the crumbling roads in town. We all endured the work downtown last year from Ann Street and South Union up a little past the Brownstone. I thought when completed new road was to be put down. What we have now is nothing more than a large patch that’s falling apart and large potholes appearing. And that’s new road. What a pathetic finish to that project. The intersection at Vine Street and Route 230 is so bad (for years now) my car’s suspension is crying, not to mention my wallet and back. It’s so bad Hersheypark wants to categorize it as their 13th coaster.”

 

• “A voting referendum should be put on a ballot for Middletown people when the borough is considering selling or leasing a large asset. Example: the sewage department. It is too much power in a few council members to decide what is good for Middletown. Most people did not want the sewage department leased out. A $230,000 debt occurred because of bad management in the sewage department and a weak council. They left delinquent sewage accounts accrue for months creating a $230,000 debt. What they should have done was got on the phone demanding payment and if payment is not made file liens against the property owners and prosecute people with delinquent accounts refusing to pay their bill. But the borough council took the easy way out. They sold out the people of Middletown with a 50-year lease that will cost us more to pay off. If Middletown people paid their bills there would not be any debt. Delinquent accounts for real estate tax appear in the paper every year and the same names appear on the list. Again, some people are not paying their taxes and it is not being collected by the borough, causing a deficit. What the borough needs is responsible financial management and a responsible borough council to do the right thing and not take the easy way out .We need to vote the current council out and get responsible people on council to do what the people of Middletown want.”

 

• “You will never be successful with people who devalue you, that want you to fail or hold you back. Go where you are celebrated and let karma have those that are against you.”

 

• “When one kid is doing badly in a class it’s the kid’s fault. But when a bunch of kids are doing bad in one class, could it be the teacher’s fault? No, of course not – those kids like to miss Honor Roll in one class on purpose.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sound Off: 4/1/2015

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• “I’ll tell you who else wore black all the time. The Viet Cong and ISIS. Not to mention people that want to get hit by cars crossing the street at night.”

• “We are becoming a state of wusses. It’s Friday, the first day of spring, very little snow on the grass and none on the roads or sidewalks. And I look on TV and they’re canceling everything, schools closing early, no Meals on Wheels for the needy, etc., etc. We got a bunch of wusses running our government and state. This is Pennsylvania – in case you don’t know, Pennsylvania is in the northeast. Our country is going down hill because the people in charge don’t use common sense.”

• “All the money being spent. Demolition, arches, benches, etc. McNamara brags that an accumulation of liquid fuels money will be used for his ridiculous projects. That money should be used for what it was intended for. Have you seen our roads? Potholes all over the place. Roads crumbling to where there is mud coming up. Put that money where it is intended to go.”

• “The price-gouging grocery store uptown who starts with the letter ‘G’ and ends with the letter ‘T’ just keeps raising their prices. They write WOW on a window in the frozen vegetable section and lower their prices a few cents on one item. Was shopping the other day and I normally buy Bell-View peppers, as an example, $4 a jar and think that is high. Well the price went to $5.69 overnight. Of the few items I went to buy salad dressing, taco shells almost all went up 10 to 35 percent, the peppers almost 50 percent. The excuse used to be, ‘Well gas prices are going up so we have to pass the cost on.’ It’s no wonder the middle class is disappearing. Gas hasn’t been near $4 a gallon in a long time now. What a shame, how is a family going to eat seven to 10 years from now? Wages stagnate and prices keep on skyrocketing.”

“A township commissioner has signs in his yard that are against the trucking warehouse development which would bring a lot of commercial tax revenue to the Twp. and alleviate tax increases for the residents of the Twp. What's wrong with this picture? It would even help school taxes. I wonder if elected again those signs quickly come down? What's next, the school board? Oh wait, when people are truly out for only themselves it really shows.”


“Why is the Boroughs attorney (Santucci) donating the money to Bowman so that he can challenge all the new candidates for Council? Guess they don't want to lose the hand that feeds them! That's gotta be unethical or criminal.”


“I have some concerns with the new business on the corner of Emaus and Union streets in Middletown. There were young children seen in the establishment on March 21 and from what I understand, with selling the products it sells, this BYOB Hookah lounge business can be considered a head shop. In Middletown, head shops are not allowed to be situated within five hundred feet from residential settings. This business is clearly within five hundred feet of several homes and apartments. Why is this allowed?”


“Wow, talk about a Middletown School Board member on a power trip! Mr. Corradi thinks he can get his own posse on the board and shake up the town. Is he related to McNamara? Now I know who I'm NOT voting for!”


“All the money being spent. Demolition, arches, benches etc. Macnamara brags that an accumulation of liquid fuels money will be used for his ridiculous projects. That money should be used for what it was intended for. HAVE YOU SEEN OUR ROADS? Pot holes all over the place. Roads crumbling to where there is mud coming up. Put that money where it is intended to go.”


“I love reading that if the mayor and Council members “RELIZED” that voting no to the parking was proposal would null and void the old one they wouldn’t have voted no. Like I thought it was there JOB to know, if they don’t know what they are doing then why are they in the positions they are in??? The Mayor is more focused on this stupid Basketball game then what is going on in the Borough of Middletown. So now we have people complaining that they will move their business somewhere else because of not having one space on the street. Nothing is stopping the drop off van from pulling in the lot and dropping them at the door! Not to mention you can pretty much park anywhere you want in Middletown (unless it is snowing) and you will never get cited. Hell there are cars parked all over the Borough that have no inspections or are so out of date it is a joke. Let’s get those cars off the street and make room for everyone. And for those business who bitch about cars parking on the street, well guess what Kuppy’s you don’t own the street in front of your business. “How about you buy a PARKING LOT like the rest of the world.” And as for the Amtrak lot that everyone is bitching about in the Paper, call Amtrak!! Middletown Borough and Police have no control over a lot they don’t OWN!!!! But I guess that will all change when the station moves. One more bitch, people take your Christmas trees to woody waste and get them off the street, it makes our town (yes I live here too) look like crap. And the trash does not pick up TV’s or computers!!!!”




 

 

 

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