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Those most in need again suffer the most under cuts

Gov. Tom Corbett and the Republican-run General Assembly seem to be hellbent on making things tougher in Pennsylvania.

First, he slashes services that bear food benefits, mental health care and education, and then proposes to gives us “convenient” alcohol.

Should the most vulnerable citizens have social lifelines taken away and given unfettered booze on shelves near our churches, highways and homes? And as we contemplate that question, let me remind you that our current liquor stores bring in $200 million a year – conservatively – to help fund the very programs he’s cut.

The new liquor stores will not share profits with the public. They will, however, contribute to drunken driving, violence and crime.

Has Gov. Corbett not walked the streets of his state? Does he not see the marks of his tenure in anything other than a line item?

Has not the price of fiscal conservatism been waged on the backs of the needy, again?

I don’t believe Gov. Corbett made it where he is today without being a smart man, but maybe he should explain to us why he either doesn’t see or chooses to ignore the fact that his budgets continually come at the cost of people who are trying to pick themselves up from a down economy, tough circumstances, or both.

Forgive me my melancholy delivery, but I can’t ignore such a bleak record when Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate sits at 8.1 percent and my district’s is double that.And perhaps I’m being too harsh.

At least the unemployed and underserved won’t have far to drive for a drink.

State Rep. Stephen Kinsey

201st Legislative District

This reader’s going to keep on enjoying meat

In his continuous futile crusade to make omnivores such as me feel guilty, Wilbur Tillman brings up the fact that Pope Francis is named for St. Francis of Assisi who loved animals. I love animals too, but that does not persuade me to switch to sunflower seeds and watercress sandwiches.

In the parable pf the prodigal son, when he finally saw the folly of his ways, his father greeted his return by slaughtering the fatted calf. My parish priest commented that he likes a fatted calf just as much as I do. You can say what you want about me, but you will not find a more humane, compassionate person than him.

Instead of weeping over animals being used for food, Tillman and his followers should express the same concern for the unborn babies destroyed year after year.

Wishful Wilbur may believe that he is convincing me what to put on my table even though I do not tell him what to put on his. Keep dreaming Wilbur, But I can assure you it ain’t gonna happen.

Ralph Rostock


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