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Letter to the Editor: Local Government Can Do More to Be Transparent

I would like to thank The Elizabethtown Advocate for their May 10 editorial that challenges our community to take a vested interest in the decisions of the Elizabethtown Borough Council. The editor knows well about the lack of public attendance at Council meetings. For folks to be critical of the decisions made at these meetings, […]

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National Drug Court Month Offers Chances for Help, Hope

By MELISSA FITZGERALD A courtroom is not a place where you would expect to find scenes of celebration and tears of joy. Unless, of course, it is drug court. This May, over 3,000 drug courts and other treatment courts nationwide will celebrate National Drug Court Month and the most successful justice innovation in American history. […]

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Letter to the Editor: People Who Live in Glass Houses Shouldn’t Throw Stones

I get it. People have a loveor- hate relationship with political parties and the president who resides in the White House. Thankfully we have a means of expressing our opinions by writing letters to the editor. I agree with the editorial titled “Politicians Need to Hear From All Citizens, Not a Select Few.” (Advocate, May […]

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Editorial: Citizens Need to Speak Up About Local Government

Quite a few people approached the editor of this newspaper to question the wisdom of a proposed renovation of a historic building on North Market Street to preserve it and make it into Elizabethtown Borough’s administrative offices. An architect told the Borough Council that the work would cost about $1.8 million; he said turning the […]

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Letter to the Editor: November Election Will Offer Distinct Choices to Voters

If you don’t like minorities, immigrants, the poor, the sick, the disabled or the elderly, vote for Republicans in November. If you don’t like public schoolteachers, college professors, intelligent women, scientists, union members, FBI agents or any journalist who doesn’t work for Fox News, vote for Republicans in November. If you don’t like schoolchildren who protest […]

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Letter to the Editor: James Buchanan’s Ranking Among America’s Presidents

James Buchanan, our nation’s 15th president, has been a hot topic in the news lately. Donald Walters, Temple University professor emeritus and former tour guide at Wheatland, wrote an excellent column which appeared in the LNP on April 28. In this article Mr. Walters asked this question: “Was Buchanan our worst president?” As a student […]

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Editorial: Politicians Need to Hear From All Citizens, Not a Select Few

Democracy is messy. Dictators do not have to worry much about the opinions of those they govern; as long as things run smoothly enough, it will discourage open revolt. But elected officials should listen to their constituents – all of them, not just people selected in advance for their civility. Our longtime congressman, Joe Pitts, […]

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Judge Duncan’s Farewell

Following is a letter from Magisterial District Judge Jayne F. Duncan to Conoy Township supervisors, dated April 8, 2018: Dear Chairman Mohr and Supervisors: I write to inform you of my decision to retire and resign my commission as Magisterial District Judge of District 02-3-09, Lancaster County. My resignation is to be effective at midnight, […]

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