Scheller voted to with­draw from re­gional health bu­reau

The Morning Call - - Town Square -

As a Le­high County com­mis­sioner, Lisa Scheller voted to with­draw from the re­gional health bu­reau which was ap­proved unan­i­mously in 2007, by a Repub­li­can-led board. She and oth­ers dis­missed it as ex­pan­sion of gov­ern­ment and did not see the ben­e­fit of it.

Bu­reau ser­vices would have in­cluded im­mu­niza­tions, pre­pared­ness for nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­ease in­ves­ti­ga­tions and a co­or­di­nated re­sponse to pub­lic health emer­gen­cies. In a time when we are fac­ing a pan­demic, com­bined with a se­ri­ous opi­oids cri­sis, the value of an es­tab­lished well-funded re­gional health bu­reau is not difficult to imag­ine.

Her pas­sion­ate em­brace of the frack­ing in­dus­try also brings into ques­tion whether she would be a strong ad­vo­cate for the safety of Le­high Val­ley res­i­dents, when train cars trans­port­ing mil­lions of gal­lons of liqui­fied nat­u­ral gas be­gin to roll through the re­gion.

Will Ms. Scheller [a can­di­date for U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the PA 7th District] in­sist on ad­e­quate fund­ing, train­ing and equip­ment for the area’s emer­gency re­spon­ders, who will be on the front lines, should an ac­ci­dent oc­cur? Will she en­sure that Le­high Val­ley res­i­dents are not liv­ing un­der the threat of an ex­plo­sive chain of events?

Joan Strong


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