Cumberland Times-News

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June 16, 2013

Maybe the cyclists and casino workers should be armed

Again, unfortunately I have to remind Don Carns Jr. of Beans Cove, Pa., on his latest repeatedly inaccurate letter published June 10 in the Cumberland Times-News (“Township is nothing like either Pittsburgh or Philadelphia”).

Once more you at least manage to get one thing correct in your article. Being the heading this time as the township is not like Pittsburgh or Philly. Actually it is even worse in crime per capita (area size and population) with the different murders while including lesser offenses etc. too numerous to print here.

You emphasize the no-crime bit, but little do you know or conveniently not want to know that two  brutal murders have happened in Beans Cove itself in just the past 12 years (2001 and 2008).

Yet you say you have driven the roads since 1973 with no trouble such as crime. Quite a long time before the casino (Rocky Gap State Park, Resort and now Casino — Maryland) arrived. Sure sounds to me like the bicyclists need to be the one carrying the gun, or the casino patrons and workers.

You  must have memory problems to not remember such horrendous acts of violence. Likewise, you are one to deny the need for police protection to become available.

Your memory also failed when you wrote in your original letter about the Flintstone Creek Road was not the best for daily travel and a longer route to points west.

Now in your second letter you state you didn’t address this particular road. Evidently you are forgetful and haven’t any feelings for anyone else except yourself — how sad.

These members are of the same organization that you supposedly belong that coerced you to compose your letter.

As regular as clockwork when at least a member or two each month faithfully attend the Southhampton township meetings with their hands out and begging for financial help and get it. All the time compromising safety (safe roads and police) for pork projects.

Sir, the first letter belonging to you was published in the Times-News on May 29, 2013 (“What effects will the new casino have on us?”).

Karen Cregger, secretary and township supervisor, bragged on it while reporting during the June 4 township meeting. That was conspired during the May 21 election and later meeting at the same location.

No one as a resident of any township in the state of Pennsylvania is required to attend the monthly township meetings. Moreover, you need to try harder to comprehend exactly what someone else is saying — another shortcoming.

With you residing in Southampton Township you should have concern for all roads within, as I do, not just the state maintained routes where you and some of the others live.

And the incompetent township road crew does nothing they should. There is little money acquired from Karen Cregger whose strategy for re-election is never to raise taxes in the 20 years she has held office.

I am aware of everything I say and know to be fact and at anytime did I suggest that you or any other Pennsylvania resident exclusively shop and work in state — Cregger stated that.

Fifty-five (55) miles per hour is excessive for any road in this township, especially the ones the township maintains. A motorist has to consider the condition of, the various types of vehicles traveling, animals crossing and lacking any traffic control at all.

You haven’t experienced much increase in traffic, try later evaluating the crime rate along with its origin before criticizing the casino with the jobs, revenue and pleasure it creates. Most likely they will be good neighbors to us, also, or better.

Paul Runion

Clearville

 

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