Let’s make 2013 the year res­i­dents con­nect

The Globe - - OPINION -

To the ed­i­tor:

Wel­come to 2013. It could be a new be­gin­ning for our town­ships, our re­gion and for the coun­try. That, of course, will de­pend on the num­ber of peo­ple will­ing to say “OK it’s time for me to get up and take part.” We are slowly be­com­ing con­nected. We are slowly learn­ing how to pass around the facts and the doc­u­ments so we don’t have to be driven by emo­tion. Our politi­cians have that down pat — get­ting us all riled up on emo­tion with­out a sin­gle fact in sight. Will this be the year we put that to rest and that each in­di­vid­ual MRLns WKRsH ZKR arH IaFW finGing and dis­cussing how our government could be?

DHsSLWH sHYHrH flRRGLnJ and sewer back­ups in Abing­ton and Chel­tenham, both town­ships are still waivering greenspace and build­ing more and more. The streams arH RYHr­flRZLnJ, WKH sHZaJH is back­ing up — right into peo­ple’s homes. Res­i­dents are be­gin­ning to talk and see­ing that their involvement will be nec­es­sary to turn years of this be­hav­ior around. Their dol­lars are where the mil­lions are coming from to pay for the dam­age and the re­me­di­a­tion, which is be­ing meted out in one room, while in the one next door they are giv­ing the waivers and ap­provals that ZLOO PaNH WKH flRRGLnJ anG sewage worse. And there are real peo­ple’s lives be­ing ru­ined.

In Abing­ton they are try­ing to re­move storm water from go­ing into the sew­ers. Hur­ray, but wait, not so they can help their neigh­bors that WKHy arH flRRGLnJ, EuW sR WKHy can get “cred­its” to in­crease the rights of de­vel­op­ers to cre­ate even more sewage and storm-water run-off. All WKLs ZLWK WKH nRG RI WKH D(3, which also has no idea how to keep th­ese hun­dreds of SrRSHrWLHs IrRP flRRGLnJ.

Abing­ton stands ready to re­lease the draft out of Steve Kline’s won­ing Rewrite Com­mit­tee. It is a prime ex­am­ple of over­build­ing SROLFLHs WKaW arH WKH sSHFL­fiF cause of so many of th­ese prob­lems. Proper sum­maries and ac­cess to all min­utes have been de­nied for th­ese past years. The drafts will not be re­leased to the pub­lic at the same time they are given to the com­mis­sion­ers. They do not want you to have the facts and time to un­der­stand. Jay O’Con­ner, for one ex­am­ple, sits on that com­mit­tee and is up for re-elec­tion. Add this to his other ac­tiv­i­ties, such as the Chan­nel 43 de­ba­cle, and folks would be­gin to un­der­stand why he should not be re-elected. Ward 4 only has a sKRrW WLPH WR finG a nHZ com­mis­sioner can­di­date. :LOO rHsLGHnWs finG RuW WRR late they should have been look­ing.

No proper re­port­ing that shows the ab­sur­dity of your RI­fiFLaOs’ aFWLRns Ls EHLnJ af­forded. Th­ese let­ters to the ed­i­tor have even been amended or “lost” or “not printed for lack of space.” Is any­one alert­ing you that you, your­selves, are paying the very peo­ple who have been the most in­stru­men­tal in block­ing your ac­cess to the in­for­ma­tion that you need? Will you take the time to know who th­ese peo­ple are and to join us in mak­ing change?

A re­cent amend­ment to our so­lic­i­ta­tion law was ur­gently needed — as peo­ple’s safety be­came an is­sue. Ex­actly what we said be­fore

they al­lowed the so­lic­i­tors in.

So­lic­i­tors have been re­ported to be ag­gres­sively push­ing even into door­ways of res­i­dents and in­tim­i­dat­ing se­niors, just as wH WHsWL­fiHd wKHn wH asNHd our po­lice, staff, so­lic­i­tor and com­mis­sion­ers to stand up on our be­half where it counts — at the point oI PaNLng and HnIoUcLng laws in the in­ter­est of the ci­ti­zens rather than the cor­po­rate in­ter­ests. We are the vot­ers. Busi­nesses do not vote. They are en­ti­tled to their rights, but should noW EH PaNLng ouU laws and craft­ing our com­mu­ni­ties to suit their in­ter­ests per the Wawa or­di­nance, the so­lic­i­ta­tion non­sense, St. Michaels, the re­zon­ing and so much more.

An Abing­ton po­lice of­fi­cer, one that you and I pay, as­sessed the 300plus cars at rush hour that would now be cross­ing lanes to pa­tron­ize the Wawa as “no in­creased ULsN.” Do wH undHUsWand there to be no penalty for such be­hav­ior? Nor any penalty for a chief who de­clares that what a res­i­dent said was not true, when, in fact, it was not only true but doc­u­mented for him. Not so much as an apol­ogy was re­quired. I’ll stop writ­ing about it when I get one, and get WKH sHnsH WKaW , aP woUNing as a team with the peo­ple my taxes pay to hire. Whom have we left in charge of our lives? And will this be the year that we un­der­stand that it is up to us if we want any­thing dif­fer­ent?

We have seen what “net­woUNs” and “PanagHPHnW” con­trol­ling from the top have pro­duced. Those ex­clu­sion­ary, non-trans­par­ent prac­tices have given us the 6an­dusNy and 6WHuEHn­vLllH de­ba­cles as well as the out­UagHs oI IUacNLng, G02’s, WKH fi­nancLal col­laSsH and so much more. Hopefully, the last decade was a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, and in 2013 we will really be­gin to con­nect as a com­mu­nity.

If you’re in­ter­ested in do­ing that, please feel free to con­tact me or just your neigh­bors and start off your year with oth­ers who also WKLnN soPHWKLng EHWWHU is pos­si­ble.

Schol­ar­ship con­cert slated

Lora Lehmann 0Had­owEUooN 215-885-0504

The Southamp­ton Com­mu­nity Band will present its an­nual Schol­ar­ship Con­cert at Klinger Mid­dle School on Sec­ond 6WUHHW 3LNH Ln 6ouWKaPSWon -an. 19 aW 8 S.P.

All pro­ceeds from the pro­gram will go into a schol­ar­ship fund es­tab­lished to honor stu­dents who par­tic­i­pate with the band.

“This year we have al­most a dozen young­sters who come IUoP WKUHH dLIIHUHnW scKool dLsWULcWs,” saLd 0aUvLn FHld, WKH band’s di­rec­tor. “We are pleased that they of­fer their tal­ent, HnHUgy and HnWKusLasP Wo ouU gUouS”.

The band will also cel­e­brate its 15 years of ex­is­tence by pre­sent­ing a ret­ro­spec­tive of mu­sic it has per­formed over the last decade and a half. In­cluded se­lec­tions are “The King and ,,” “FLUHELUd 6uLWH,” a PHdlHy oI ,UvLng BHUlLn WunHs, and “$PHUL­can 3aWUol,” wKLcK was SHUIoUPHd aW LWs vHUy fiUsW con­cHUW.

TLcNHWs Pay EH SuUcKasHd aW WKH dooU. $dulW WLcNHWs aUH $15, se­niors and stu­dents are $10.

FoU PoUH LnIoUPaWLon, call 215-355-3927.

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