TRANS­PARENCY

Centre Daily Times (Sunday) - - Opinion -

Sue Paterno is pro­mot­ing Jake Cor­man’s re­elec­tion. Af­ter all, Jake helped re­cover JoePa’s 409 wins. Maybe Jake should seek the ath­letic di­rec­tor’s po­si­tion; let’s not re-elect him to rep­re­sent our in­ter­ests. He doesn’t.

He ob­structs suf­fi­cient state bud­get­ing for health ser­vices, ed­u­ca­tion, and in­fra­struc­ture. He thwarts ini­tia­tives im­por­tant to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties such as a “pour tax” on al­co­hol. While such tax­ing au­thor­ity is avail­able to Philadel­phia and Pitts­burgh, Jake – our Se­nate pres­i­dent – disin­gen­u­ously avers there’s no sup­port for ex­tend­ing it, and “those vot­ing for it won’t win re-elec­tion.”

A trans­par­ent Jake should own he is op­posed. Per­haps his op­po­si­tion cor­re­lates with cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions from the ho­tel and casi- no lob­bies.

Jake op­posed Mar­cel­lus frack­ing bills. A con­se­quence is an es­ti­mated loss of half bil­lion dol­lars’ sev­er­ance rev­enue to the state, and no pro­mo­tion of re­new­able en­ergy ini­tia­tives. The en­ergy lob­bies contributed $8 mil­lion to leg­is­la­tors, in­clud­ing $183,000 to Cor­man. Fol­low the money from the lob­bies - right into Cor­man’s “rep­re­sen­ta­tion.”

Cur­rently pend­ing is a “Win­dow to Jus­tice” Bill for sex abuse vic­tims. Yes, Jake op­poses again. Jake and the Cor­man dy­nasty foot­print should not per­dure.

For­tu­nately, we have a fine al­ter­na­tive, in the com­pe­tent and fresh vi­sion for the 34th, avail­able in can­di­date Ezra Nanes. Elect him to the se­nate on Nov. 6th. Tal­ented and en­er­getic, Ezra will work for our re­gional in­ter­ests with sen­si­bil­ity and in­tegrity. Se­na­tor Nanes will rep­re­sent us well. – David J. Brown, State Col­lege

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