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Linglestown Gazette: How to keep tabs on Lower Paxton officials in less than 10 minutes per month

Monday, May 21, 2012

How to keep tabs on Lower Paxton officials in less than 10 minutes per month

You've probably heard of the saying "all politics are local" that was uttered by the late U.S. House Speaker Tip O'Neill. Well, in our part of world you can't get any more local than actions taken by Lower Paxton Township officials.

But how can you keep track of what our township elected officials are doing?

I know few Gazette readers take the time to attend township meetings or watch them on TV. Truth be told, most of the meetings are over-the-top boring unless you're a freak like me who digs the minutiae of the inner workings of government.

Heck, downsizing at The Patriot-News has resulted in limited coverage of township affairs. For the most part, they only publish press releases submitted by our police department.

And, you're not going to get township news from The Paxton Herald, which specializes in editorials and sensational news tidbits.

Fortunately, there is a way to keep an eye on Lower Paxton affairs on the Internet courtesy of the watchdogs affiliated with Stray Winds Area Neighbors, better know as SWAN.

Two SWAN members — Watson Fisher and Ted Robertson — attend most township meetings and file reports that give a brief description of the goings-on. CLICK HERE to read the latest SWAN newsletter.

Undoubtedly, the presence of Watson and Ted at meetings has helped to keep township officials on the straight and narrow. Thanks for your service!


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