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Sound OFF: 3/4/2015



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• “Thanks to Coach Riggs for restoring dignity and sportsmanship to our wrestling program. We know it will be a long climb but he is the man for the job. As for the mom who said there would be no team this year: wrong. And your kid did not transfer – empty threats and remnants of what we need to be rid of.”

• “The mayor is being childish. He should be trying to bring the townspeople together, but he’s dividing them. The mayor and three council people are following a very miserable woman who was the former council president and following others who are not upstanding citizens. The entire council needs to work together to move Middletown forward.”

• “Those people protesting the pipeline are probably the first one to shout, ‘Send in the Marines’ when the Arabs raise the price of crude oil.”

• “Anyone notice how Congressman John Payne is writing in his Press And Journal column how he was presented with this award or that award. Not too humble, this guy! Aren’t we lucky to have him? At least he knows how to blow his own horn.” (Editor’s note: John Payne is a state representative who represents the 106th District. He is not a member of Congress.) 

• “Why are the cops scared of the man that abuses his dog?”

• “John Payne’s only accomplishment is distributing a trout stocking guide. He needs to be voted out. He’s a do-nothing place-keeper in the legislature. I challenge anyone to list 10 legislative accomplishments in his career.”



Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:54

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Sound OFF: 2/25/2015

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• “I find it funny that people are more concerned with McNamara’s demeanor than with the good that he has pushed for to make Middletown a better place. Yes, he is brash and rude, but he gets things done and moving. Instead of talking and talking and talking about doing this or that, he puts his foot down and, yes, sometimes steps on people along the way, but he gets things done that need to get done. So if all you haters want to go back to the talk nice and do nothing council of the past, keep talking your trash. Instead of moving forward for a better Middletown for all, we will keep falling backward until Middletown looks like the City of Harrisburg.”

• “Has anyone else noticed the way the timer is set up on the traffic light in front of Hardee’s has traffic significantly tied up all day? As busy as Route 230 is, there is no reason that traffic should come to a halt when there is no one coming from the shopping center or, more importantly, down the hill. That light should have a sensor for someone especially coming off of that hill and out of that plaza. Traffic on 230 does not need to be stopped unless there is a need for it! Who authorized the decision for the way this traffic light is timed?”

• “It is official: The town council is stuck with McNamara as president. Thanks to Congressman John Payne for endorsing McNamara supporter Mike Bowman to the opening on the council and stacking it in favor of dictator McNamara. Let’s get rid of Payne next election.” Editor’s note: Rep. John Payne is a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing the 106th District. He is not a member of Congress.

• “I do not like the adversarial and non-engaging attitudes on council, but I also do not buy into the unity crap either. We are not a bunch of drones that need saved by the likes of McNamara, but we are also not a town in total agreement as to our best direction and future. I think a good, healthy, respectful debate and dialogue is the answer – and face to face, not on Facebook or in the public comment period of council meetings. I believe we need a regular forum outside the parliamentary constraints of an organized meeting, but have those in attendance that can make things happen, bringing open minds and hearts to the table.”

• “I understand there is interest in a private developer building a small private airport north of Route 283 in Lower Swatara Twp. on a large tract of land near a poultry farm. This might make a lot of sense to keep private airplane owners out of Harrisburg International Airport. Can anyone direct me to the right place – local or county? Thanks.”

• “I want to give a shout out, thank you and ‘great job’ to all the local police, fire, ambulance and highway department employees and volunteers (and anyone I missed) for keeping our roads open and our families safe during the recent snow events and cold weather! Thanks very much. Great job!”


Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 14:55

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Sound OFF: 2/18/2015


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• “I love this cold. I hate summer. Ahhhh I can breathe, no bugs, no sweaty body. Just cold fresh air. Ahhhhhhh.”

• “It’s apparent that McNamara has good vision to get Middletown financially stable and into a ‘college town’ role. However, he just doesn’t know how to do it in a way that doesn’t offend almost everyone. He uses a spokesperson and manager, he doesn’t involve key members of the community to work on the projects and he turns off key legislators who are trying to help the town. You have the right idea, Mac, you just fail miserably at the execution of it. Step down as president.”

• “Thank you for caring about the Olmsted Recreation program, Carl. What a change from last year! The kids actually have games to play. Thank you again!” 

• “Why can’t anyone do something about the poor dog which is tied out 24/7 on South Catherine Street? The weather is below freezing with wind chills minus degrees. Please take this dog in during this terrible stretch of bad weather even if it’s only to put it in the basement where it is in out of the cold and wind.”

• “In his letter to the Press And Journal, Rep. John Payne states, “I don’t normally become involved in local issues.” Yet he feels compelled to write a letter endorsing Mike Bowman for council. Typical politician talking out of both sides of his mouth. Let’s vote this buttinsky out of office.”


Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 15:59

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sound OFF: 2/11/2015

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• “I think Mike Bowman is what council needs. He’s not scared to speak up and has a special love for Middletown. Go, Mike.”

• “Can we spend less time bitching and complaining about Middletown Borough Council and who is and who isn’t playing nice and actually get down and do something for the people of Middletown? Let’s get the projects rolling and make Middletown a better place to live and raise our children. A place people want to move to not away from. Let’s sit down with the police department and hash out a reasonable fair contract for both sides. Let’s give our new chief John Bey the support and tools to make the Middletown Police Department one that is spoken about in a positive way and proud way. Let’s bring back the pride in Middletown for its residents and future residents.”

• “Mike Bowman has never won an election in his ward and public attendees at the board meeting spoke out against him. So why does Congressman John Payne stick his nose in and help stack council against the reformers? Remember that, voters, when he is up for re-election.” (Editor’s note: John Payne is a state representative who represents the 106th District.)

• “Vote McNamara and his buddies off council at next election. This is the only way to get our town back.”


Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 15:56

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