DeLis­sio stands up for her con­stituents

The Review - - OBITUARIES - — Luna Dan­tag­nan and Grace Flickinger, J.R. Master­man School stu­dents

To the Ed­i­tor:

In our Gov­ern­ment and Civics class, we are tak­ing a closer look at our state rep­re­sen­ta­tives. We ap­pre­ci­ate the work Rep. DeLis­sio has been do­ing for our dis­trict. Her views on ed­u­ca­tion, ger­ry­man­der­ing, gun con­trol and many other is­sues im­por­tant to our com­mu­nity are ones we have in com­mon.

We read an ar­ti­cle from 2011 ti­tled “Pam DeLis­sio, Bala Cyn­wyd’s State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Stands Alone on Ed­u­ca­tion Vote.” This ti­tle was eye catch­ing, and as we read fur­ther, we saw the strengths in her stances on the gov­ern­ment. Cast­ing a sole dis­sent­ing vote on a bill demon­strates how she stands up for what she be­lieves in. The leg­is­la­tion would tem­po­rar­ily sus­pend pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment for teach­ers. We ad­mire how DeLis­sio asks for the feed­back of us, her con­stituents, on her de­ci­sions. We ap­pre­ci­ate how in this bill and oth­ers she takes the time to think through bills and un­der­stand their mean­ings and the ef­fects they may have.

How­ever, ger­ry­man­der­ing has of­ten lim­ited the chance to look through leg­is­la­tion in de­tail be­fore vot­ing. The ma­jor­ity party is in con­trol be­cause of ger­ry­man­der­ing, and they of­ten pre­vent mem­bers of the mi­nor­ity party from re­view­ing leg­is­la­tion. In an ar­ti­cle from 2017 on ger­ry­man­der­ing, DeLis­sio says that on a re­cent and con­tro­ver­sial bud­get code bill, the mi­nor­ity party was pre­vented from dis­cussing the leg­is­la­tion for a fair amount of time. We agree that this is a very big prob­lem. We are glad that even the peo­ple who are elected can rec­og­nize the harms of ger­ry­man­der­ing.

DeLis­sio’s re­cent state­ments about gun con­trol got to the heart of the is­sue. When other’s so­lu­tions were to sim­ply in­crease school se­cu­rity, she brought up that shoot­ings are not lim­ited to school fa­cil­i­ties, point­ing out that it was not the root of the prob­lem. We think that that needs to be rec­og­nized, and we agree that with­out that recog­ni­tion, this will con­tinue to be a prob­lem. We want this prob­lem to be solved, not just cov­ered up.

Her strong lead­er­ship skills are in­spir­ing, and her ded­i­ca­tion to your lo­cal com­mu­nity is ad­mirable. We re­spect DeLis­sio’s dili­gence in work­ing to re­flect our (her con­stituents’) views through her monthly town hall meet­ings and con­tact with the peo­ple in our dis­trict.

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