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Letter: Time to Start Putting People First

on October 27, 2018 4:00 AM

The late Sen. John McCain admonished his colleagues saying, “we’re getting nothing done my friends… we need to return to regular order.” Regular order calls for free open debate of ideas and compromise for the common good. It allows government to be a force for improving the lives of its citizens utilizing the best ideas available regardless of who the author was.

Today’s Republican Party has all but abandoned John McCain’s belief that government should serve the people. When looking at the actions of our current Republican controlled House, Senate, White House, and Pennsylvania legislature one can only wonder who it is that our elected officials are really working for? 

Jake Corman continues to lead the state Senate as its Republican majority fights to preserve partisan gerrymandering. Glenn Thompson and Tom Marino have supported the notion that “you can spend what you don’t have” (Republicans call it tax reform) as long as it goes to the already wealthy. And do we even need to mention the ongoing Republican assault on healthcare? The list goes on and on.

Winston Churchill has been quoted as saying, “You can depend upon the Americans to do the right thing. But only after they have exhausted every other possibility.” The time for us to do the right thing and put people first has come!

Voters owe it to themselves to consider and support Susan Boser and Marc Friedenberg for Congress, Ezra Nanes for state Senate and John Fetterman for lieutenant governor on November 6. 

George Polycranos

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