Issue One: Gov. Tom Corbett
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No second term
Gov. Tom Corbett has started campaigning for a second term. He is revisiting his campaign promises from the first campaign, promises that have not seen fruition.
Early in his governorship Mr. Corbett said: We must spend less because we have less to spend.
We certainly do have less to spend. He supplied expensive SUVs to himself, his wife, the lieutenant governor and his wife; he joined a lawsuit to defeat the Affordable Care Act; he initiated a lawsuit against the NCAA to mitigate its sanctions against Penn State (after he initially said he thought the NCAA acted properly ) -- all at the expense of Pennsylvania taxpayers.
Mr. Corbett now is regurgitating promises of better education, more funding for public transportation, privatization of wine and spirits, more funding for rebuilding infrastructures -- rhetoric we heard ad nauseam in his first campaign.
The Pennsylvania Lottery giveaway is another example of the taxpayers losing. Awarding a contract to a company from the United Kingdom to operate our lottery and take a piece of the income that should stay in Pennsylvania is unacceptable.
Please, let's be sure Gov. Corbett does not get a second term.
MARGARET K. MIMLESS
A flawed plan
As predicted, Gov. Tom Corbett's plan for privatization of the state's socialist liquor monopoly is neither bold nor actually privatization.
Gov. Corbett's plan, while an improvement on the current coercive system, leaves the government with an enormous footprint that will still allow it to dictate the terms of business -- an embodiment of the Prohibition-era philosophy that is unfortunately animating many Pennsylvanians.
His tying of his proposal to education funding is one such flaw, as such concessions open the door for haggling over so-called "revenue" while any talk of actual free-enterprise principles, the legitimate functions of government and individual rights is off limits -- a scenario that allows the maximum amount of pull-peddling by Harrisburg inhabitants.
AMESH A. ADALJA
Of the 12 full or partial faces gracing the Jan. 30 front-page photo of the governor's news conference about privatizing the state liquor store system, 11 were male and all were white. What is wrong with this picture -- on so many levels?
First Published February 3, 2013 12:00 am