We read with confusion and disappointment the Post-Gazette’s endorsement of Mark Critz for lieutenant governor (“Lt. Governor: Critz Is Best for the Democratic Ticket,” May 4). The editorial board acknowledges that lieutenant governor candidates generally distinguish themselves on the issues. But then the paper ignores a key issue in this election — gun violence prevention.
Mr. Critz was one of three candidates who failed to even respond to a questionnaire by CeaseFire Pennsylvania on this issue. By contrast, the three responding candidates — Mike Stack, Mark Smith and Brad Koplinski — each unequivocally supported every proposal presented, including expanding background checks, mandatory lost and stolen reporting and child access prevention laws.
Gun violence prevention is an issue that Pittsburgh and this paper in particular have identified as a key problem, the solutions to which impact our communities — emotionally, health-wise and morally — and our economy. Lieutenant governor is an important position — No. 2 behind the governor and tie-breaker in the Senate. Surely, there should be a thorough discussion of the critical issues facing our state when the city’s key newspaper endorses a candidate for the second-highest position in our government.
MARY BETH HACKE
The writers are board members of CeaseFire Pennsylvania, a gun violence prevention organization.