Cheers & Jeers: Harpster, heroin

Cheers & Jeers: Harpster, heroin

CHEERS: To George F. “Jody” Harpster, Shippensburg University’s new president. It’s nice to have someone take over who has worked at Shippensburg for about 20 years and who earned a master’s degree there. We hope he can lead the university ahead in what he calls “a very, very challenging time for higher education.”

JEERS: To the growing heroin problem in the Midstate. Shippensburg Police Chief Fred Scott last week warned borough council members that heroin use is “becoming a big problem within the borough for individuals.” He was basing the conclusion on information from borough police reports. He said the resultant crime is also a problem — burglaries, assaults and gun-related crimes.

CHEERS: To a bill before the Pennsylvania Legislature that would require truckers to make all reasonable efforts to remove ice and snow from their tractor-trailers. Drivers could be fined $25 to $75 if a police officer determines there’s a threat to people or property. Current Pennsylvania law only applies if the loose ice causes serious bodily injury or death. Although the fine is not high enough, we support the legislation overall.

JEERS: To the possible end of the season for the East Pennsboro Aquatic Club. The East Pennsboro school board rejected a request for a fee waiver from the club last week. The district had agreed to waive additional fees as long as resident participation numbers met or exceeded 67 percent. That rate has dropped to 34 percent. Now it might be too costly for the club to pay what is necessary to continue. We hope a compromise can be reached.

CHEERS: To the Carlisle Family YMCA. Its partnership with the nonprofit Darkness to Light recently earned the organization’s “Partner in Prevention” distinction for having at least 90 percent of the staff trained in the Stewards of Children program to help prevent child sexual abuse.

JEERS: To vandalism of Harrisburg churches. Four were hit last week, with bricks thrown through glass windows or doors. There is surveillance video from what happened in at least once instance, and we hope that leads to arrests. The bricks were found with “DR MLK” scribbled on them. That’s a curious message for any vandal to send, especially churches.

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