Voices From The Readers
Berlin Comp. Plan Meeting A Start
Congratulations Berlin. Last Wednesday night, a standing room crowd of Berliners showed up for Berlin's future. This second well-attended comprehensive plan meeting was designed to create a shared vision for Berlin. The town's consultants got the ball rolling with the crowd broken into smaller groups with everyone given a chance to talk about historic preservation, mixed-use development, and town services. Time ran short on development issues.
This was a good start. While some important issues were handled, it's my hope that the meat of Berlin's future •€' growth policy and urban design principles can be given full public consideration. A fleshed-out, shared vision on growth and urban design will smooth the planning process and future project reviews. We heard conflicting views in all the groups, but this process is a way to find the middle ground that we can support and use to make a better Berlin.
The people of Berlin have begun to speak. The elected and appointed officials, who did attend, showed their support for this important public communication. This was truly an example of government of the people, and by the people. Keep up the good work Berlin.
Advertising Decision Could Hurt Employees
It really is a shame that E-Cruzers owner Russell G. Rankin was unable to gain approval to advertise on the side of his electric shuttles.
Myself and many other employees of E-Cruzers were left at the end of the season last year with nothing but excuses for why we weren't given our final paychecks. I only worked for Mr. Rankin for a few weeks at the end of the season, but I didn't receive a dime from him. My co-workers made out even worse with one high-ranking employee incurring a loss of over $3,000 in unpaid hours. Maybe if the City Council had approved advertising on the side of these "green" machines Mr. Rankin could afford to pay his employees the "green" they were promised.
Wear The Poppies
With Memorial Day just around the corner, I would like for our fellow Americans to give recognition to our veterans, both here at home and overseas.
The poppies are made by our disabled veterans in hospitals all over America. This is very therapeutic physically and mentally and gives them a feeling of self worth. The poppies are not sold, but given in exchange for a donation.
The public and our youth in particular must be kept fully aware of our armed forces and the sacrifices they have made. So please wear a poppy to honor them. We need to keep our spirits right and keep our country and our veterans in our prayers.
Thank you all and God bless America.
American Legion Post 123
We'd like to thank all the individuals and businesses that supported Temple Bat Yam Synagogue's Mitzvah Day on April 27 that benefited Diakonia, Believe in Tomorrow, Worcester County G.O.L.D., the Salisbury Zoo, Coastal Hospice, the Worcester County Humane Society and Shepherd's Nook Food Pantry.
A special thanks to Casual Designs Furniture, Wal-Mart, The Carousel Hotel, Flashback Old Time Photo, Cleaning Management Services, Robin Walter Day Spa and Salon, Atlantic Dental, Dumser's Dairyland, Phyllis Wann and Cathy Habager.
Your generosity demonstrates the Mitzvah Day principle that we are all part of something larger and together we can have a positive impact on our community.
Stu and Susanna Eisenman
(The writers were co-chairs of the Mitzvah Day Committee at Temple Bat Yam.)