Hanover councilman holds community forum

Hanover councilman holds community forum

There are 54 comments on the Evening Sun story from Sep 11, 2010, titled Hanover councilman holds community forum. In it, Evening Sun reports that:

Hanover Borough Councilman Jerry Leppo stands in his neighborhood on Second Avenue recently.

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shim

Bellefonte, PA

#21 Sep 13, 2010
jerry jerry, thought there was hope for you until u are now kissing the butt of the useless one. As far as what this "top cop" it is amazing to me that when a cop catches a real desperate speeder it is all over the evening sun. if this nit whitson has the police force on top of there should be something everyday about drug bust. let's jerry my boy real truth you want. while sitting at the intersection of the hanover news agency watched a car make a left turn when they are not supposed to. watched one of the finest sitting there waiting while the car made the left turn. truth be told the cop missed what takes place there at least once a day. now if the cops miss that i guess top cop nit whitson really has them trained to find drugs in hanover. yeah i know it is all up to the citizens of the town. as the saying goes lead by example. now what example do the cops show they are trying to get drugs out of hanover? other than telling the town there is a drug problem in hanover. sorry jerry but if you think the nit whitson's of the world is going to save the town start looking out your curtain. u going to choose this place to do your campaigning? or did randy call & cry to you about they are making fun of me
Jerry Leppo wrote:
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Thank you. It is refreshing to hear some real truths about our community and our employees. Randy is not only has my respect....he is one of my mentors. Everyone could learn a thing or two from Cheif Whitson.
Jerry Leppo
Eclisiasties

Mechanicsburg, PA

#22 Sep 13, 2010
Jerry Leppo wrote:
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So, then what are you doing for our community? What have you been doing for the last 3 years while I was learning local government? What do you do when I am devoting hours of time away from my family every week to have a voice in Hanover? What do you do while I spend weekends door knocking to ask taxpayers what they think should be done? And why do you hide behind your computer under an assumed name?
I will run until someone wants the seat. If I don't run and the seat stays vacant....I feel like I am turning my back to Hanover. Are you going to pick up the slack.....who ever you are?????
Jerry, I applaud you for at least speaking your mind. It is much more than any of the other council members are willing to do. Where were those people the other night at thet town hall?- Probably drinking themselves into a stooper
Running for re-election

Shippensburg, PA

#23 Sep 13, 2010
Jerry Leppo wrote:
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So, then what are you doing for our community? What have you been doing for the last 3 years while I was learning local government? What do you do when I am devoting hours of time away from my family every week to have a voice in Hanover? What do you do while I spend weekends door knocking to ask taxpayers what they think should be done? And why do you hide behind your computer under an assumed name?
I will run until someone wants the seat. If I don't run and the seat stays vacant....I feel like I am turning my back to Hanover. Are you going to pick up the slack.....who ever you are?????
Ahhhh, so I was right, you're just campaigning now, and that's why you are suddenly so vocal. Hit a nerve did I?
Eclisiasties

Mechanicsburg, PA

#24 Sep 13, 2010
What politician do you know that isn't running for reelection...you run to get elected and then you re-run constantly to stay in office. hey running, you want the job? Jerry says he'll step down if you do.
Running for re-election

Shippensburg, PA

#25 Sep 13, 2010
Eclisiasties wrote:
What politician do you know that isn't running for reelection...you run to get elected and then you re-run constantly to stay in office. hey running, you want the job? Jerry says he'll step down if you do.
So he let his poor "blue collar", "drug" infested, and "crime" ravaged neighborhood languish for three-and-a-half years so he could have "an issue" to run on? The question about why he didn't set up a neighborhood watch years ago has not been answered. This "problem" didn't just happen overnight. Doesn't sound very responsible to me...
He won't step down either. Hey E, I guess he is a friend of yours?

Since: Dec 07

Huntingdon Valley, PA

#26 Sep 13, 2010
Jerry Leppo wrote:
I want to thank the Evening Sun for supporting this cause.
However, there is one mistake in the story that needs to be corrected.
Hanover Police Chief Randy Whitson made two appointments with the reporter of this story. The reporter rescheduled the first appointment and simply did not show up for the second appointment. Chief Whitson tried to contact the reporter after this with no success.
We can’t do this without the support of Chief Whitson and our fine Police Force. We can’t do this without the trust of the community. We are fortunate to have both. This error just needs to be made clear.
I want to publicly apologize for any misunderstandings this error has caused to the people of Hanover and to Chief Randy Whitson.
Obviously, I didn’t write the story. But I feel responsible when mistakes are made that compromise the integrity of great people performing great work for the good of the community.
Sincerely,
Jerry Leppo
I usually resist the temptation to respond to comments, but feel the need to do so here. It is true that the reporter on this story had to reschedule one meeting and mixed up the time on one the following day. However, he contacted the chief that afternoon, apologized and tried to reschedule. The chief said he had no further time available. As a result, we held the story over last weekend and the reporter again emailed the chief Monday morning to ask if he had any time last week. The chief wrote back his schedule was too full. The reporter then sent the chief a list of questions seeking comment, but he never replied.

I dont believe all that was necessary to the story. The fact is The Evening Sun made repeated efforts to talk to the chief, and since the story deals with law enforcement issues in Hanover, felt it necessary to explain why he wasnt quoted while other area chiefs were.

Marc Charisse
Editor, The Evening Sun
Citizen 2

Downingtown, PA

#27 Sep 13, 2010
Jerry Leppo wrote:
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So, then what are you doing for our community? What have you been doing for the last 3 years while I was learning local government? What do you do when I am devoting hours of time away from my family every week to have a voice in Hanover? What do you do while I spend weekends door knocking to ask taxpayers what they think should be done? And why do you hide behind your computer under an assumed name?
I will run until someone wants the seat. If I don't run and the seat stays vacant....I feel like I am turning my back to Hanover. Are you going to pick up the slack.....who ever you are?????
Mr. Leppo - please don't cave into the nah-sayers...they will forever be present in our lives. Unfortunately many people chose to be part of the problem instead of the solution. We have to accept them for who they are and move forward. Most people have no idea what it takes to be a public servant (even at the miniscule pay most local officials receive ... an hourly rate the complainers I'm sure would not accept). I don't know you, but I congratulate you for taking the initiative to get your neighborhood involved. Keep up the good work - we need more people like you looking out for our neighborhoods someone that cares!
Tomas

Hanover, PA

#28 Sep 13, 2010
Good idea, they should double his salary for doing a great job.
Honest

Hanover, PA

#29 Sep 13, 2010
Mr. Editor did you ever give it some thought the reluctance to comment to one of your reporter is because of exactly what goes on here. They get bashed for everything they say. I have heard words from many leaders in the community make comment they will not speak with your reporters because of this so called forum that you make money on due to lack of newspaper sales.
Fireman

Hanover, PA

#30 Sep 13, 2010
Honest wrote:
Mr. Editor did you ever give it some thought the reluctance to comment to one of your reporter is because of exactly what goes on here. They get bashed for everything they say. I have heard words from many leaders in the community make comment they will not speak with your reporters because of this so called forum that you make money on due to lack of newspaper sales.
You're exactly right!! I've had reporters say they are encouraged to report on FD activities because it creates a large of amount of "hits" on the forum so the evening sun can make money. What a shame they have to step that low... So, they are letting the FD alone on this article and bashing Chief Whitson. Don't worry, by the end of the week, I'm sure we'll see another FD article. As far as I'm concerned, this paper lost credibility when Mike Hoover went to York. BRING HOOVER BACK!!
derif

Hanover, PA

#31 Sep 13, 2010
Fireman wrote:
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You're exactly right!! I've had reporters say they are encouraged to report on FD activities because it creates a large of amount of "hits" on the forum so the evening sun can make money. What a shame they have to step that low... So, they are letting the FD alone on this article and bashing Chief Whitson. Don't worry, by the end of the week, I'm sure we'll see another FD article. As far as I'm concerned, this paper lost credibility when Mike Hoover went to York. BRING HOOVER BACK!!
I hear that ship has sailed, too bad he was a good reporter.
Eclisiasties

Mechanicsburg, PA

#32 Sep 13, 2010
Running for re-election wrote:
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So he let his poor "blue collar", "drug" infested, and "crime" ravaged neighborhood languish for three-and-a-half years so he could have "an issue" to run on? The question about why he didn't set up a neighborhood watch years ago has not been answered. This "problem" didn't just happen overnight. Doesn't sound very responsible to me...
He won't step down either. Hey E, I guess he is a friend of yours?
Not in the very least. My point (poorly made apparently) is that politicians (and by politician I mean vulgar excuse for human) never stop running no matter what the calendar says.
Eclisiasties

Mechanicsburg, PA

#33 Sep 13, 2010
Tomas wrote:
Good idea, they should double his salary for doing a great job.
Be careful what you wish for.
(bringing to mind $5.98 million they want to spend nearby to give a football team with a .280 percent winning record a brand spank'n new stadium to lose in)
Watcher

Sunbury, PA

#34 Sep 13, 2010
Eclisiasties wrote:
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Be careful what you wish for.
(bringing to mind $5.98 million they want to spend nearby to give a football team with a .280 percent winning record a brand spank'n new stadium to lose in)
Zero times zero is zero. Borough council members aren't paid.
Watcher

Sunbury, PA

#35 Sep 13, 2010
Fireman wrote:
<quoted text>
You're exactly right!! I've had reporters say they are encouraged to report on FD activities because it creates a large of amount of "hits" on the forum so the evening sun can make money. What a shame they have to step that low... So, they are letting the FD alone on this article and bashing Chief Whitson. Don't worry, by the end of the week, I'm sure we'll see another FD article. As far as I'm concerned, this paper lost credibility when Mike Hoover went to York. BRING HOOVER BACK!!
What reporters? I do know that most reporters -- and editor Marc Charisse himself -- don't like the comment boards despite higher-ups wanting them to stay in place. But I can tell you for a fact that reporters do not focus on fire companies just to drum up web hits. The paper writes about fire companies because -- hard to believe this, I know -- they're the ones who respond to fires! In other words, they tend to be a part of news!

Otherwise, much of the news written about firefighters honors their service. Or the story is about the digital radios and pagers not functioning properly. Or the purchase of a new piece of equipment. Those, if you think about it, are stories aimed at protecting firefighters.

As for the trolls online picking on individual members of the fire organizations, the paper has nothing to do with that.

In fact, I would argue those members of the fire organizations brought those comments upon themselves. Just because a person never was attacked in public before the comment boards doesn't mean that the comments -- now said online -- weren't discussed around the poker table in the fire hall.
Honest

Hanover, PA

#36 Sep 14, 2010
Watcher you are so correct in what you say about the reporters and the forums but there is power in the Editor's hands to remove some of the bashing that goes on. These forums only bring on bad feelings, hate and disruption within the community along with untruth and disrespect. Our entire world has become nothing but about money not what our Bible teaches us. An example of how disrespectful these forums are is when something begins about a police department and we have some clown that received a ticket for speeding and than the entire police department is no good, why because they did their job. The forums turns into a name calling and bashing session on the people that protect our lives and property. When reading this what exactly is anyone to believe is true and untrue.
4th Ward Voter

Hanover, PA

#37 Sep 14, 2010
As a young person who took the time to register to vote, I find it interesting that people bash the two reps from my ward. They both aren't afraid to try to do something about Hanover. Would you rather they just do nothing? Keep up the good work 4th ward guys!
Eclisiasties

Mechanicsburg, PA

#38 Sep 14, 2010
Watcher wrote:
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Zero times zero is zero. Borough council members aren't paid.
Are you kidding me? You can't be that nieve`- They may not make a salary but they are most definitely being "PAID"!
Sammy

Carlisle, PA

#39 Sep 14, 2010
Eclisiasties wrote:
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Are you kidding me? You can't be that nieve`- They may not make a salary but they are most definitely being "PAID"!
Most people run for local office to help their community. Are you that stupid to believe otherwise?
Help

Downingtown, PA

#40 Sep 14, 2010
Eclisiasties wrote:
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Are you kidding me? You can't be that nieve`- They may not make a salary but they are most definitely being "PAID"!
I almost feel sorry for you Eclisiasties. You come across as such an angry, frustrated, unhappy person who finds no joy in life but to constantly bash and berate others. It's one thing to have an opposing opinion, but you go beyond that. I hope you find some peace and happiness in your life.

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