Let’s make 2013 the year residents connect
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?
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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.
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Scholarship concert slated
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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.
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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.