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Letters to the editor

June 16, 2007

Potomac Case management is moving forward



To the editor:

Potomac Case Management Services wants to take this opportunity to address the guilty plea of Kelley B. Macher, former bookkeeper.

As is standard operating policy among all nonprofit organizations, professionals are constantly evaluating programs and annually conducting audits to ensure best practices are maintained. In March 2006, the bookkeeping process was changed to a new, less cumbersome and more efficient system.

When discrepancies were uncovered in June 2006, our auditors were immediately informed and an additional audit requested. With information and facts in place, the proper authorities were notified for a full investigation. The board continues to cooperate with authorities to bring this matter to a rightful close.

The board of directors and staff want to assure those concerned that since the inception of this service in 12998, Potomac Case Management has served more than 3,000 clients, holding to the highest standards of quality, integrity and dedication.

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Potomac's commitment to enhance the quality of life for the residents of Washington County remains solid. We continue to move forward with new leadership and strong incentive programs in place, assessing the community's expanding needs and meeting the challenges of a growing and changing community.

Keith Hoffman, president of the board of directors
(on behalf of the board)




In this race, both candidates were worthy of a vote



To the editor:

As Dane Anthony's campaign manager during the last primary election four years ago, I actively supported him by conducting a months-long door-to-door canvass of voters. I personally met many voters in Antrim and Washington townships and the boroughs of Greencastle and Waynesboro, Pa.

These are areas in which my wife and I grew up and raised our family. During both primary election campaigns, Anthony was a clear victor in both Antrim and Greencastle and was formidable in Washington and Waynesboro. I chose not to become as actively involved in this election, not because I no longer support Anthony, but because of the auguish I had concerning both candidates. It was a tough call to make because I am friends with, and respect, both candidates.

I've had the distinct pleasure of working alongside Anthony during the four years that I had been a deputy sheriff in Franklin County. I've also had the pleasure of working with "Bill" Kauffman and other members of the Waynesboro Police Department during my previous 25-plus years as a Pennsylvania State Trooper.

Kauffman even helped me with a personal family matter several years ago while he was a Waynesboro police officer. I appreciate what he did for me to this day and recall that he did it with the utmost professionalism.

My daughter and I spent 13 hours at the polls on Barnett Avenue in Wayne Heights on Tuesday, handing out literature on Anthony's behalf. In doing so, I was asked a few times by voters, why they should choose Anthony. I would answer by telling them that it's a tough call as there was no good reason not to vote for either candidate.

I noted that Anthony has devoted many more years to this particular profession than Kauffman has and that it has been his lifelong ambition to become sheriff some day. Having worked alongside Anthony for four years, I could think of no one more qualified for that position.

I would add that I certainly would not discourage anyone from voting for Kauffman. Because of his dedication and credentials, he certainly was a suitable and deserving candidate, too.

Ironically, I also feel that there was no "most deserving" winner in this race. Good did not triumph over evil - there was no evil. For someone to win, someone had to lose. And, regardless of who was destined to lose, that in itself was a loss. Fortunately, regardless of the outcome, the real winners are the people of Franklin County and I wish nothing but the best for both of these exemplary men.

John D. Ridge
Greencastle, Pa.




Whose priority is Ingram School?



To the editor:

Much has been said about the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts on each end of the spectrum. There are those who say it is beneficial without any quantification of those views or why it is, or should be, one the highest priorities of the Board of Education (BOE). By the way, on Nov. 22, 2006 the BOE said the construction cost would be $7.9 million; on April 8, it was $9 million and on June 6, it was $11.5 million.

Some of us believe there are higher priorities for the proposed $11.5 million in capital funds or the estimated $2.4 million in operating funds. All taxpayers should understand the importance of this last sentence.

The BOE could get the County Commissioners to provide $11.5 million in capital funds to build the school. To do this, they would have to justify why this was more important than the $80 million in facilities and maintenance backlog needed for the current crop of students - not to mention any additional seats for student population growth.

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