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Dear Editor:

In Cumberland County, we have been very fortunate to see strong growth for many years. We have excellent schools, a diverse economy, low unemployment, beautiful parks and trails, and a strong farming community. We truly have much to be thankful for.

In recent years, though, we are starting to see the strain of this rapid growth. Much of our green space is turning into commercial and residential development, putting a strain on a road system that struggles to handle the increased traffic. Many of ours schools are becoming overcrowded, unable to keep pace with the growing population. We want Cumberland County to continue to grow and prosper, but it needs to happen in a way that benefits all of us, not just real estate developers and warehouse builders.

Michael Fedor is running for Cumberland County Commissioner, and he has real plans to guide the growth of the county. A great example is his “Cumberland Grows” plan. It includes specific actions to sustainably preserve farmland, incentivize local businesses to use local agriculture, improve air and water quality, address food waste, and so much more. All this will be done with involvement from the entire community, including farmers, business leaders, residents, and political leaders.

Uncontrolled “growth for the sake of growth” risks transforming our wonderful county into an overcrowded mess of developments, busy roads, and endless warehouses. Michael Fedor has the vision to guide us toward a future with sustainable growth that also preserves what makes Cumberland County special. We can do this if we work together, and a good start is voting for Michael Fedor for Cumberland County Commissioner on May 21.

Jeremiah Orr

Mechanicsburg

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