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Letter: Dog Adoption Kennel Will Make Neighbors Barking Mad

This letter is in response to the article about “Almost Home” dog adoption kennel. This business is a nonprofit 501(c)3. This facility for 66 dogs is proposed to be built on River Road directly across from 11 residences with families. The proposed plot is zoned “agricultural,” but this does not mitigate the negative, adverse impact […]

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Letter to the Editor: School Board Candidate Made Shocking, Disgusting Comments

I am writing to express my shock and disgust at the comments of Republican candidate for Elizabethtown school board Menno Riggleman during the forum held Thursday, Oct. 26. Mr. Riggleman first said that he doesn’t think schools should be teaching “lifestyles” or about “two men living together.” He went on to say later, completely unprompted, […]

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Editorial: Elizabethtown Schools Should Avoid Repeating the 1990s

Once upon a time, Elizabethtown schools got national attention for all the wrong reasons. In 1996, the school board adopted what it called a “pro-family” resolution saying it supported families defined as “one man married to one woman and their children through birth or adoption.” Naturally, plenty of people took umbrage at this. Single parents […]

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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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