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Sound Off - 9/17/14


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• “Why does this country dwell on everything that happens? We have to have an anniversary date for everything – and it’s mainly for all the bad things that happen? Get over it. Move on. Let the bad memories go. You can’t go forward with the future until you let go of the past.” 




• “It seems we need the police department to do some speed enforcement on North Union Street from Main Street south to the construction. People have lost their minds. Someone’s going to get hurt.”


• “I don’t care where the new chief lives if he can straighten out that mess. Love to know why the chief’s job has such high turnover.”


• “Police budgeted at $2.5 million. Are you kidding me? Less than 10,000 population! Officers making 70,000-plus, motorcycles, dogs, off-road vehicles? Oh, please.”


• “Just received the latest propaganda newsletter from the borough. Wonder why when a nonprofit entity in town was in jeopardy of losing state grant money when the borough refused to submit the borough audit and budget after several requests that that was never put out to the public – but this administration never misses a chance to criticize or put their own spin on something when they can do so to try to make themselves look better or be the heroes?”


• “I just got one question: How can I get reimbursed for the trees I paid to have trimmed?”


• “Anne Einhorn (married to Gordon Einhorn, who is the legal counsel for and a member of the GMEDC): ‘May I just say in response to the director of communications’ report, I stand by everything I wrote. The real truth can be determined by anyone who is willing to do the research and follow up on the statements made by both parties.’ Mike Dalton, on his Facebook post: ‘Well I see the Borough is at it again with its BS Political Rag called Middletown Matters (They call it a newsletter). There is a lot of misleading and untruthful information in there as always. Remember our taxpayers are paying for that garbage to be mailed out.’ Research has been done! The newsletter is an eye opener! ‘Truth, Trust & Transparency’ was Anne’s political platform! She’s not provided any truth! How sad that Anne and Mike can’t provide anything to back up their statements. Turn over the documents! Don’t lawyers know to keep copies of whatever they turn over? If you want to be trusted and believed, do the right thing and stop the nonsense! Look at the Elks Theatre! How sad that it’s such a mess. Buckets and tarps throughout, and paper files thrown in a fish tank. I can’t believe the IDCA would allow the same people to continue running it when they can’t keep it cleaned and organized! Thank you to the communications director for providing the truth as to why grant money has been delayed for the fire department. We need to re-elect Chris McNamara in 2015 to keep us on track for the positive changes taking place here in the borough. I’m going to have to attend the monthly borough council meetings to see for myself how Anne looks over to Ben to see how he votes; then she follows his lead. I’m beginning to believe what I’ve heard lately: She’s just a pawn for the GMEDC. She didn’t even attend the Middletown Night Out. Where is their ‘Truth, Trust, & Transparency?’ ”



• “I see McNamara and his lackeys hired another friend. How many times does this community have to put up with their unethical behavior at the cost of our once proud town? What arrogance!”

• “How can a parent embarrass their kids by their actions and their choices? Don’t teach them to be unkind or unfair. It’s the children that live in the repercussions of the parents’ mistakes. Do as I say, but don’t do as I do.”

• “I thought there was an ordinance that you could not work on your car or even wash your car on borough streets. There is a guy that details his cars on the street and he is the same guy who paints his own yellow restricted parking on his curbs. I guess I will now start working on and washing my cars on the street seeing it must be OK if this guy gets away with it month after month. I would like to know what this guy has on the borough that he just does what he wants and no one says anything about it. Well, that made me feel better – but someone needs to do something about this guy. Everyone: Have a great day.”

 • “After reading the article about the pet alligator getting lose in the Giant store recently, I really have to wonder why anyone in their right minds would want an alligator as a pet? Sure, Rexie is cute and easy to handle right now. So what’s going to happen to Rexie when he reaches adulthood and the owner and her 3-year-old son find out that Rexie is getting too big to handle and expensive to feed? I know, just dump him in the Susquehanna River or the Italian Lake when he grows up and becomes a danger to society. He’ll become other people’s problems. Just like the evasive snakes in Florida. Rexie doesn’t belong living in a home with a 3-year-old child!”







Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 20:50

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Sound Off - 9/10/14


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• “People, get your shovels out, and coats, because the cold weather is coming. WOOOOOOOO. Merry Christmas. How do like that, you atheist punks?”


• “Since when can one or two council members hire and fill positions without the knowledge and approval of the entire council? If there isn’t an ordinance for that, it should be the next ordinance created!”


• “When the borough finally gets around to hiring a codes person, why is it the first thing he does is concern himself with how people are flying the American flag? Just take a look around town and you can see a lot of more important violations! Once again, he must be a friend or relative.”


“Since when are engineers also financial consultants? Why is council letting engineers dictate utility rates? Wondering if all the new campus housing was taken into account when figuring the new utility rates.”


• “Regarding Ken Becker’s quote on the quality of Steelton-Highspire School District’s education: What makes Ken Becker an authority on the quality of public education? I think he owes the teachers of that district an apology. The district is not without its problems; however, Highspire has enough problems to go around without blaming all of its problems on the public school district.”


• “I have the solution to the electric rate problem in Middletown: We need to install wind-mills, and use all that hot air from McNamara, Courogen, Louer, Sullivan, etc. I guess we’ll still have a sewer problem, though, since the level of crap they put out exceeds capacity.”


• “Don’t talk about past councils and borough managers spending money like it grew on trees. This council spends money like crazy on frivolous things and unnecessary consultants whiled crying deficit the entire time! We might not have liked the high electric rates during Stonehill’s tenure, but the borough had a several-million-dollar surplus then – and if raising water and sewer rates were a priority, why did it take this council several years before even bringing up the subject?”


• “Sounds like McNamara’s friends, or the communications director, was sounding off in Sound Off last week trying to put their spin on things. Nice try, but it didn’t work – most of us know better!”


• “I think we need to start picketing McNamara’s house, as well as council meetings. He needs to resign. If we’re lucky, Louer and the rest will follow suit.”


• “Hooray! Great job at the council meeting! It’s about time the communications director and our council president started speaking out and providing the facts! Councilwoman Einhorn said, ‘If anyone out there has done the research, they know the truth!’ Okay, so where’s your truth, trust, and transparency? Please share! The communications director was spot on! Thanks for the slide show on the condition of the Elks Theatre. It’s about time the residents see the truth! No one else has shown otherwise!”


• “Councilwoman Anne Einhorn’s husband is the treasurer on the Middletown Area School Board. He promised no tax increase to pay for the new school. According to her, the people shouldn’t have to pay an increase in sewer rates because the former council didn’t raise the rates. Well then, no one should have to pay for bad decisions of previous school board members not to spend money to repair and maintain the present school building!”


• “Agree! Those iPads will be dropped. It’s too much to carry around.”


• “It is interesting how the Press And Journal editor jumps in to defend its allies, but will not do the same when the Journal’s allies make false accusations. Has anyone noticed the connection between Curry, Einhorn, Kapenstein and the owners of the Press And Journal?”




Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 21:06

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Sound Off - 9/3/14


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• “Originally, the Bluebird fire truck was refurbished with tax dollars. Then it was sold to a local sawmill for one-third of what the cost was to refurbish it. It’s a part of our local history! Mayor Curry may not have been at the council meeting, but he was quoted. December 12, 2012 minutes: Borough Manager Konek reported James Curry, a member of the Historical Restoration Commission, has proposed the borough take over the 1957 Seagrave fire engine, known as the ‘Bluebird.’ Council President McNamara said the fire department’s woman’s auxiliary is disbanding and would like to sell the ‘Bluebird.’ The purchase would be a capital expenditure. Councilor Louer moved the restoration commission acquire the ‘Bluebird’ and that it be utilized for fund raising. The motion was seconded by Councilor Arnold. After discussion centered on when it would be garaged, the motion passed on a 7-2 vote, with Councilors Brubaker and Sites dissenting.”

  Editor’s note: Mayor James H. Curry III has denied making a proposal to buy the Bluebird. He was not serving on the Historical Restoration Commission at that time, and did not attend the Middletown Borough Council meeting where the purchase of the Bluebird was approved, according to Curry and borough officials.


• “Why the need for the new outfits, Middletown? I always thought it was the players and attitude ... not the helmet and uniform. Penn State was never fancy and won two championships.”


• “Here’s a recent Facebook post from Councilwoman Anne Einhorn: ‘I recognize that the previous council lowered electric but I also believe that you can’t make that kind of change without a price attached. We have paid for that move many times over through lost jobs and services as well as higher rates in other areas. Unfortunately, council dug itself into a hole in order to keep empty promises and make themselves look good. We all know that our country depends on taxes, utility rates, all service rates, etc. to survive, but no one should be on the hook to pay for past mistakes.’ Who should pay for the so-called mistakes that your friends made? The former council members are the ones you cling to on Facebook! They’re your friends! What do you offer as a solution to the problems? Your best friends were the Stonehills! Mr. Stonehill spent the taxpayer’s money like it grew on trees! If the sewer rates had been increased years ago, we wouldn’t be facing this 40 percent increase today! The increase would’ve been gradual. However, your ‘friends’ wanted to look good, so they chose not to do the right thing, which would have been to increase the sewer rates!”


• “OK, when did Middletown Area High School let Steelton-Highspire kids go to their school? They said they did not want them there because of fights in the school with other kids. If it was other kids doing that, the parents will get told about it and tell them to send them to the other school.”


• “When you deliberately wrong a child, whether on purpose or went along with the crowd, you will be judged. Those who knew and did nothing are just as guilty.”


• “Not happy signing those papers on the iPad rules. If you take away book bags or carrying bags, of course they will be dropped. Someone wasn’t thinking on this point. Issue clear handled bags or you are going to have a lot of people fighting your deductible rule.”


• “Reminder that talks for a clear school bags need to happen.”


• “How you make others feel about themselves says a lot about you. Have you hurt anyone’s feelings? Someone is watching.”


• “I wish they would quit fooling around, put the pipe in the ground and get out of town. I can’t understand what’s taking so long. I would have expected them to work more while in the center of town.”


• “Why am I paying money at a home football game to watch my boy on the visitors’ side of the field? I just found out that because some of the parents do not know how to act, the seventh- and eighth-grade football games are played with the visitors in the home spot. Not only that, but the parents are not allowed to go to the visitors’ bleachers to cheer their team on as well. I understand where the coaching staff is coming from, but that’s not how to handle the situation. The kids need our support, especially at home games. The few parents who were born in barns need to stay home because they give us all a bad name and obviously don’t know how to conduct themselves at our children’s events. I don’t agree with the decision to play in the visitors’ spot.”


Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 19:37

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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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