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Letter to the Editor: Government Workers’ Pension Funds Deserve Investigation

Could you please put me in touch with a good investigative reporter that will look into the State Employees’ Retirement System and Public School Employees’ Retirement System? Something went very wrong with the retirement system sometime around 2001 which has led to taxpayers having to foot the bill for ever increasing retirement costs. The county, […]

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Editorial: Governor Should Have Used Line-Item Veto in Budget Fight

Although there is plenty of blame to go around in the Pennsylvania budget fiasco, there is one person who could have prevented the budget brinksmanship singlehandedly had he acted wisely: Gov. Tom Wolf. It’s difficult to pass a budget under the best of circumstances. It’s made even more difficult with a Democratic governor and Republican […]

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Editorial: Troubled Businessman Deserves Elizabethtown’s Respect

The recent business troubles of Elizabethtown restaurant operator Andrew Schoenberger have predictably caused people who know nothing about operating a business to criticize him. Yes, he closed his restaurants abruptly, which is causing inconvenience to customers and hardships for employees. But employees, at least, can apply for unemployment insurance to tide them over. Clearly they […]

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Letter: Pa. Online Voter Registration Doesn’t Have Accurate Results

In the July 20 issue of The Elizabethtown Advocate a story appeared (“More Pa. Voters Now Register Online Than With Paper Forms”) covering the 2017 annual voter registration report of the Pennsylvania Online Voter Registration. Gov. Tom Wolf was quoted as saying that the “OVR has made registration convenient, accurate, and secure.” State Secretary Pedro […]

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Letter: Schools Need Balanced Revenue Streams to Educate Children

I have followed with interest dialogue within this publication on school property taxes and language regarding tax discipline at the state level. I resonate with some concerns expressed here about continuously rising property taxes. In a context of low wage growth and rapidly rising health care costs, a rise in a tax rate feels like […]

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Editorial: Get Facts Before Forming Opinions on Public Projects

Usually, when local governments do something, there’s a logical reason behind it. Reasonable people might disagree, but there’s almost always some rationale to their actions that can be seen by anyone bothering to look or ask. Unfortunately, plenty of people prefer to speculate and spread rumors instead. Take, for example, the construction going on in […]

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Letter: Public Should Be Involved With Borough’s Water Quality Plan

At the July 6 Elizabethtown Borough Council meeting, Hanover Engineering presented portions of their draft plans for the borough to comply with federal requirements for pollutant discharge to waterways under the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Program, also known as MS4. Municipal storm systems ensure a clean and safe environment in […]

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Letter: Borough Regulation of Home Lodging Has Little Benefit

In a recent editorial, the Advocate argued that Airbnb hosts should be regulated. Why? The editorial argues because similar entities like hotels and bed and breakfasts are. It’s precisely because Airbnb disrupted a market governed by outdated regulations that it has thrived providing benefits to communities, hosts, and guests in the process. Regardless, regulating Airbnb’s […]

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Letter: Home Lodging Editorial Was Insulting, Irresponsible

Your editorial of July 6 (“Elizabethtown Borough Is Wise to Regulate Home Lodging”), which attempts to draw a connection between the use of Airbnb in Elizabethtown and prostitution was both ludicrous and an insult to our intelligence. If there are valid reasons for the Borough to regulate the renting of rooms by homeowners, you have […]

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