November 5, 2012
Sign up for emergency alerts in Smithsburg
To the editor:
As the events from Hurricane Sandy settled down in the Tri-State area, I am reminded as an elected town official the importance of communication to our residents and community. The events of the storm illustrate the need for effective communication from town governments to those who may be adversely affected by terrible events such as Sandy.
The mayor, council and town staff of Smithsburg have worked extremely hard over the past year to streamline communication to our residents through a major improvements to the town’s website and to set up an alert system that can easily inform residents of changes in town services, potential work or road conditions, town information such as budgets, council agendas and common ordinances.
As of today, only about 400 residents have signed up for the town’s alerts. These alerts can be linked to an email address and will send the information electronically to a smart phone device and home computer. I would encourage all residents who live in or receive services from the Town of Smithsburg to go to www.townofsmithsburg.org and sign up for the town’s alert.
The information that is shared by your elected officials and town government could be beneficial in times of crisis such as snow emergencies, potential flooding issues and power outages. Additionally the information could be informative in matters related to council meeting dates, changes to services such as trash and recycling collection and events to be held throughout town.
Visit www.townofsmithsburg.org and be amazed with our new and exciting website and sign up for the alerts to be more informed and connected to your community.
Donnie Souders Jr.
Smithsburg Town Council
Less tech, more human contact is needed
To the editor:
Over the last 90 years some things have changed little in American life.
Football is played with 11 men on a side (although I understand some places it’s seven on a side), drivers still drive on the right side of the road, and a majority of church services are still held on Sunday.
Although open for debate, I feel one thing that has changed is that in 2012 many people have almost every moment of their lives scheduled in some activity. Some would say they have no choice.
With all the modern conveniences as compared to 90 years ago, it would seem there would seem to be more free time. Prioritizing would seem to be of assistance. In 2012, many homes are not places to be lived in — only slept in. The nurturing aspect of a home should not be discounted.
The human spirit recognizes love and hope. I believe without hope we lead an empty life. Something we all need is human contact, especially with those in our family. I suggest you should if you can use technology less and human contact more. I believe you will have no regrets. Examine if there is hope in your life. Understandably, with present economic conditions, monetary hope may be difficult, however many of us can hope that a relationship can be strengthened.
I personally know a family that has been fractured for many years. Now they are taking steps to become a family again. Nothing could be better. Hope is alive in this family. I encourage all through hope and love to make your home a place that is more than slept in.
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