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Linglestown Gazette: It's time to wake up, Gazette readers

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

It's time to wake up, Gazette readers

One of the primary reasons that I do what I do is to persuade Gazette readers to get "politically active" in public affairs, especially Lower Paxton Township and Central Dauphin schools.

Please do me a favor this morning by giving a Patriot-News op-ed piece a read. It may stir a few of you to consider how you can get involved in bettering your community.

The important section of the op-ed makes the case that Pennsylvania no longer needs or can afford 2,562 municipalities.

Think about what is involved in operating 2,562 municipalities. Ugh!


At 11:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, know this is off topic, but do you know why the police were in the park with their dogs yesterday? Looked like they were looking for something.

At 11:56 AM, Blogger  said...

I was told that the police responded to a firework explosion Tuesday at Koons Park. The dogs apparently were sniffing for fireworks.

At 5:55 AM, Blogger epmark said...

On the "Wake Up" post, I agree Bill. However, the state needs to recognize they've coddled these 2500+ municipalities for too long. Let's start with having county sheriff departments developed to take away the "local policing" handled by the state police. How unresponsive and cost ineffective is that? (no issue with the state police - this just shouldn't be your job).

At 6:49 AM, Blogger  said...

Thanks much for the comment, epmark.

State police providing services at the municipal level is one of numerous examples of inefficiencies in our horse-and-buggy-era government in Pennsylvania.

In my opinion, politicians who put getting re-elected at the top of their to-do lists are what kills innovation in government.

The sad truth is that revamping state government would piss off many people. And politicians avoid pissing off large groups of people.

In short, we need elected officials who are willing to tackle tough issues even if it costs them their jobs.

My hunch is that people who take on the so-called untouchable issues have a decent chance of winning over the public at large.

Getting movers and shakers into office is possible if enough Average Joes wake up.


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