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Letter to the Editor: Stricter Noise Law Needed

I’m writing in regard to Mount Joy Borough’s noise ordinance. The ordinance less than 10 years ago was 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. for activities such as lawn mowing. Lately, issues have arisen with a neighbor. The police were involved. Our window to our bedroom only being 10 feet from the fence outlining our properties, […]

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Letter to the Editor: School Boards Should Find Ways to Cut, Not Raise Taxes

In response to “Citizens Shouldn’t Become Demoralized Over School Tax,” letter from Robert Yahara, June 29: I think “disgusted” is a better word to describe the situation. I commend Mr. Yahara for attending the meetings and conveying his opinions. I don’t expect the members of the school board to have the “guts” to make the […]

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Letter to the Editor: Citizens Shouldn’t Become Demoralized Over School Tax

I was one of the book­ends at the May 16, 2017, Elizabethtown Area School Board meeting. The other citizen was Mitch Forry. The headline in the The Elizabethtown Advocate read, “Citizens Protest Elizabethtown School Property Tax Increase.” I thought it odd that only two people came out to the meeting to express their concerns about […]

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Editorial: Divided State Can Have Proud Legacy of Good Government

Franklin & Marshall College political scientist G. Terry Madonna called the 2011 redrawing of Pennsylvania’s electoral district boundaries “the worst gerrymander in modern Pennsylvania history.” He was wrong, of course. As awful as the practice of gerrymandering is, the politicians who pulled off this redistricting were very good at it. What they achieved was really […]

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Show Up at Meetings if You Don’t Like Public Projects

As Elizabethtown Borough’s pedestrian-bicycle pathway continues to make progress east of Market Street, we’re seeing more and more griping about it online. Reasonable people can disagree about how, if at all, this sort of project should be done. But many of the arguments being made against this project fail to show any sort of reason. […]

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Editorial: Lieutenant Governor Debacle Shows Urgent Need for Change

The relationship between the governor of Pennsylvania and the lieutenant governor is sometimes a good one — but when it is, it’s only by chance. For example, Gov. Tom Ridge had an excellent working relationship with Lt. Gov. Mark Schweiker. Mr. Ridge, a former congressman and assistant district attorney, turned to Mr. Schweiker, a former […]

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Categories Op/EdPolice & Fire

Editorial: State Should Have Consistent Regulations for Police Hiring

Elizabethtown Police Chief Jack Mentzer noted something odd when discussing how his agency’s hiring procedure differs from that of the Northwest Regional and Susquehanna Regional police departments: He has to follow a civil service hiring procedure set up in the 1950s and his colleagues in the regional police forces don’t. Surely it made sense at […]

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