SOUND OFF / July 31, 2011

Published 1:43 am Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sound Off highlights anonymous, brief takes on the news offered via telephone by Daily News readers.

In reading the Washington Daily News, I noticed that the Washington Planning Board was scheduled to have a public meeting July 26, but it required you to call before 5 p.m. if you wanted to attend the meeting. Is that a public meeting if you have to get permission to enter the building?
Editor’s note: The requirement to call applies to disabled people. By calling the city before the meeting, disabled people are able to alert the city so the city may inform them on how to best access City Hall so they may attend the meeting.

As for the boxes on the sidewalks, they need to stay. That is how I found my house before I moved here, and I see other visitors picking them up, too. This creates more people coming to Washington and visit local stores and restaurants.

In Wednesday’s editorial, Councilman Doug Mercer is reported to have said the city does a poor job of maintaining its facilities. If the city is doing such a poor job, why does the City Council give money to the Turnage Theater, build more boat docks and more parks when it knows the city can’t maintain what it already has? Is that leadership?

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