Letters to the Editor - March 12

March 12, 2012

Residents should voice concerns about river traffic

To the editor:

Imagine buying property in a rural residential neighborhood, only to find out that now hundreds of tourists could be dumped off practically in your front yard; and your roads, which were not designed for this type of traffic, could be clogged with vans and trailers hauling canoes and rafts. Imagine knowing that a campground or food truck could be set up in the neighborhood, with hundreds of strangers camping out. Imagine all the trash that would be generated, and the vermin it would attract — not to mention the vision of portable toilets as permanent fixtures in the neighborhood. Your privacy would be severely affected, your quality of life would be ruined and the reasons you chose your communities would no longer exist.

It could happen, and it’s up to all of us to stop it. The Jefferson County Commissioners are getting pressure from river outfitters to allow commercial recreational use in rural residential areas. It’s also possible that floating zoning could be implemented, which means you won’t know what could happen next door, and your protections under the Conditional Use Permit process would be reduced. Tourism dollars are important to the county and we want people to enjoy our beautiful natural resources — but not at the expense of our quality of life. Stand up for your neighborhoods so that these businesses operate in places that actually make sense.

There are already a large number of public put-ins available to the Potomac River, and if additional put-ins are developed, they should be in appropriate areas — which rural residential neighborhoods clearly are not.

Please contact the County Commissioners and voice your concerns, and attend the planning commission meeting March 13 at 7 p.m. in the Betty J. Roper Auditorium at Wright Denny Intermediate School at 209 W. Congress St., Charles Town.

Kathy Loftin
Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Pa. school director throws support behind Alloway

To the editor:

I understand that we face unique challenges, challenges that are federal, and ones that are local. It has been a rough few years economically, and everyone has had to tighten their belts and do without some of the amenities we once took for granted. For that reason, it is entirely normal for people to be provoked and to join in on the political discourse, because we all have a stake in our community and want to see the best for our children’s education, business climate and overall forward progress. Democracy is dependent upon an informed populace to hold elected officials accountable, and I believe members of Franklin County, especially, have taken that to heart and fulfilled their obligation to local community and country.

This is the very reason that I fully support Sen. Rich Alloway for re-election. Rich has nurtured an environment conducive to  business growth by keeping taxes low and by helping to increase job opportunities in our county. Rich has also been a huge advocate for the reform of prevailing wage laws, which as a district allows us to continually provide a superior academic environment for our children. By reforming prevailing wage laws, we no longer have to choose unacceptably high bids from fat cats in cities who can underbid local contractors. Alloway has also worked side by side with transportation companies to make sure crucial elements in production can be received and the overall finished product can leave our factories at the lowest marginal cost to the businesses.

I understand that there are some other points of views out there about the direction of this community, but I believe during Alloway’s time as senator he has continually fought for the people of our community and made tremendous progress. No one is perfect, and everyone, including myself, has made decisions that we may look back on. However, Alloway truly cares about this county and its residents, and continuously works hard in Harrisburg to represent us. If we shift from him now, we may drudgingly progress or cease to make progress at all. For that reason, I stand behind Alloway and his bid for re-election.

Chris Ardinger, school director
Tuscarora School District

Alloway doesn’t represent district’s conservative roots

To the editor:

With the coming state senatorial campaign in the 33rd District (Franklin, Adams and York counties), we need to differentiate between a conservative and someone who has made a few conservative votes.

A conservative is someone who lives by that ideology and is an activist to actually change the ways Harrisburg does business.  The people expect real reform, which is being drafted in the House of Representatives. A real conservative would be screaming from the rooftops to get these measures enacted on the Senate side. Voting for an easy bill such as the Castle Doctrine, which already passed under the previous governor, then reintroducing it, might be a good vote, but it doesn’t make you a conservative.

You can also tell people you are co-sponsor of a bill, but unless it is true, it doesn’t matter (see Right to Work). Rather than actually push key measures that were brought up in 2010 by Gov. Corbett (see School Choice, state store deregulation, etc.), state Sen. Rich Alloway introduced SB 1339, which sides with trial lawyers instead of consumers and will increase car insurance rates. That doesn’t make him a conservative.   

Telling people you like to hunt and fish doesn’t make you a conservative, either. And it also doesn’t prove anything to put it on a direct-mail piece.

No, Mr. Alloway, you do not represent the 33rd District’s conservative roots. All you’ve proved is that you are more of the same from the establishment.

Ben Rice
Chambersburg, Pa.

The Herald-Mail Articles