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Letters to the Editor

March 31, 2007

New building isn't Antrim's biggest need



To the editor:

Final bids on the new Antrim Township building were opened at the March 20 township work session. I want to go on record stating that my past facts regarding the cost being in the $7 million range were wrong, and I apologize.

The latest numbers now show that figure to be $8,987,103 almost $9 million! This price includes real estate cost, land development and the structure itself. As stated before, much of the inside space is unfinished.

I can appreciate that after a while numbers get bent, twisted, manipulated and distorted. Just remember what former Sen. Patrick Moynihan once said: "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts." These are the numbers and facts available to the board of supervisors.

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I take them at face value. I strongly encourage you to view the facts for yourself, form your own opinion and if you feel empowered to do so, publicly state your support or opposition to this project.

Much has been debated about how much money the township really has for this project. Information from the township staff has been very fragmented and confusing at best. Just remember that no matter what that number is, it's your money, and I personally feel that it can be best spent on other projects to benefit all of us instead of a staff of 16 employees.

We have numerous unfinished and ongoing projects such as road repairs and improvements, very costly sewer and water system upgrades required by the State of Pennsylvania, development of our infrastructure to encourage commercial growth with good paying jobs for our community, which in my opinion we need to help curb our ever increasing taxes.

Ladies and gentlemen, I have been a township supervisor for 15 months. When elected, I promised to serve you to the best of my ability by reducing frivolous township spending and waste, encouraging public input and opinion, improvimg the township's image and relations with the citizens we serve, using common sense in decision-making and judge each situation that comes before me based on its merits, not on emotions.

Thank you for your continued support. And as always, your attendance at township meetings is always appreciated!

C. Myers

Antrim Township Supervisor

Callers don't deserve the abuse



To the editor:

I have a complaint about Kelly Moreno's column called "Kelly's Cuts," which pokes fun at callers to Mail Call and You Said It. I think it is very petty on the part of your paper to allow a professional writer to demean people who are expressing their opinions in your newspaper.

I realize these people are making their opinions anonymously, so you are not humiliating them by name, but they know who they are and many times their friends will know they made these calls. While Moreno has time to write and check her article, most of the callers do not take the time to write down what they want to say. They just call and start talking.

Most of these people are not professional writers or speakers and when they call they are very nervous, which can lead to mistakes. I know, because I have called before. And although I know that it is anonymous, I don't want to sound stupid.

I feel that if you want people to continue to call in their opinions, you should stop "Kelly's Cuts." If you don't want people to call, then just stop Mail Call and You Said It.

Mail Call and You Said It provide excellent opportunities for people to vent some of their frustrations without having to write a letter to the editor, which can take weeks to get published, if it even gets published.

In place of Moreno's column, you should provide a column that can correct erroneous statements made in letters to the editor. An example was the letter last week from Rodney A. Guessford, which contained several inaccurate statements.

I would have written a letter myself, but it takes too long to get them published and sometimes they are not published. It would seem to me to be more important to correct those kinds of mistakes than to make fun of someone who calls Mail Call or You Said It.

John Hess

Martinsburg, W.Va.

Value up, prices not



To the editor:

After reading the letter from Ellis Duffey on March 23, I felt as if I needed to give more input on this subject. I agree 100 percent with Duffey's comments.

I would like to take it one step further and say that I did appeal my assessment. I did my homework and pulled up 14 homes in my neighborhood (all the same model) and there was a total difference in assessments of $58,470. All the same house!

After pointing this out to the assessor, he of course came up with "different improvements and options." There were even houses (same model) with more square footage and lot size that were assessed less than mine. I got my reply back last week and, surprise, no change in value!

He also said it was fair market value. If this is right, the tell me why there are 10 houses in my neighborhood for sale and some have remained unsold for more than a year?

Oh yeah, by the way, after the state mandated the county to drop the cap to 5 percent from 10 percent it's amazing that my house is now doubled in value. If you really think these houses are worth what you say they are, then why aren't they selling?

I'll give you a hint - they are overpriced! But it's all good. You will soon tax all of us out of our houses and then you can get the tax base that you think is here now. Maybe if I put my house on the market now it might sell by the time the new electric rates hit. I sure hope you can sleep at night.

Barry L. Martin

Boonsboro

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