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Letters to the Editor

December 26, 2008

Why Antrim leaders don't talk to paper



To the editor:

To date, the reorganization of Antrim Township, Pa., government has gone exceeding well. Efficiency, accountability, and morale are at an all-time high. It seems the reporters of the local newspapers have had the most difficulty with the whole process; considering their cozy relationship with prior management, I understand why.

In reference to: Bill Kohler's (Tri-state editor of The Herald-Mail) article in a recent Sunday paper "By the people, for the people". I believe an informed public, with all the facts, is one of the reasons our democracy has survived for over 200 years. Antrim Township is the only township in Franklin County, which records its meetings and posts the recordings on its Web site for the public.

I encouraged this for two reasons. First, the prior board and management had a tendency to present issues without all the facts, as well as statements being made that were contradictory from prior meetings.

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That made factual and informed decisions difficult at best without research and review of the tapes. Second, the press has been unable to report without bias, negative spin and their opinion.

I vehemently encourage accurate reporting of news, instead of creating news to sell papers. The late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan said "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts."

The supervisors individually decided to stop giving interviews to the media. They feel their words are twisted, distorted and selectively used. The citizens of the township voted for change, accountability and efficiency. We are delivering on all accounts, in a transparent fashion.

All this board has requested from the media was unbiased and accurate reporting. We're still waiting.

I find it quite telling that a Harrisburg news outlet read that "Antrim budget wipes out property taxes" and wanted an interview. They were professional, factual and unbiased while delivering an informative interview for the public.

It would appear the news outlets from outside of our local coverage area are far more interested in the positive direction this current board has taken than the local media. Furthermore, while much about the operation of the township prior to the reorganization has been made public since then, little, if any, has been reported to the public from your local reporters and editors.

Curtis Myers
Chairman
Antrim Township
Supervisors

Editor's note: The Herald-Mail stands behind all of our stories written about Antrim Township.

The author cited no specific examples in the letter of "bias, negative spin and opinion" in reference to articles appearing in The Herald-Mail or on its Web site.

The headline cited by the author in his letter, "Antrim budget wipes out property taxes," appeared in The Herald-Mail at the top of page B1 on Wednesday, Dec. 10.

The Herald-Mail will continue to provide accurate, unbiased and comprehensive coverage of Antrim Township.




Training pups with tenderness



To the editor:

My sister has a 2-year-old Jack Russell terrier named Jacob. We have pictures of him at his first Christmas as he is dragging a stuffed Santa off the fireplace across the wood floor. This was pretty typical for a pup as wired up as a schoolroom full of kindergarteners on sugar.

Like a little child, he had to learn what he could and could not touch, but we had to keep things out of his way until he matured. His training was always done with love and he is a wonderful dog.

I write this because of what I heard a woman say to another lady she was with while my sister and I were in the Family Dollar last week.

She was one aisle over from where we were and made her statement with no tone of remorse. Her puppy had chewed something up and she told how she had beaten it "until it almost bled." A sickening thought considering the size most puppies are.

Her words have haunted me for two reasons. The first is that someone would punish an animal for getting into something that should have been out of their reach. (Jacob ate part of my brother-in-law's jacket one day after church when it was left hanging over a chair, so we know what they can do.)

I am also bothered because I did not confront her at the time. My plate was overflowing on that particular day and I did not think I could change the situation. My prayer is she will read this and see how horrible a picture she painted with her words. Maybe she will have more compassion on this helpless animal or give it up if she does not have the patience to train it.

Jacob is a big guy now. The Christmas decorations are up and he hasn't touched anything. He has a basket in the living room filled with his own toys and knows he can go there when we wants to chew on something. He was trained with tenderness and is truly cherished by our whole family. He is to me, unconditional love wrapped in fur. Maybe that's because all he has ever known from those of us who are his family, is love.

Kate Prado
Hagerstown




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