DeLis­sio should fo­cus on bills sup­port­ing younger res­i­dents

The Review - - OBITUARIES - — Tashera Dean, J.R. Master­man School stu­dent

To the Ed­i­tor:

First and fore­most, I would like to con­grat­u­late Rep. DeLis­sio for be­ing re-elected to rep­re­sent the 194th Dis­trict in the Penn­syl­va­nia House.

I would also like to say that I am quite fond of her ideas for the City of Philadel­phia ,and I ad­mire her heart­felt de­sire to re­flect the con­cerns of her con­stituents.

I can see that she loves as­sist­ing the older cit­i­zens of Philadel­phia based on the hHouse bills that she has spon­sored and her 20 years of work ex­pe­ri­ence in longterm care. I be­lieve that is a won­der­ful thing be­cause older cit­i­zens in this city need that kind of sup­port.

How­ever, as one of many of her younger con­stituents, none of those bills help peo­ple un­der the age of 65. Hope­fully, this will change in the near fu­ture.

I would like to ex­press my con­cern about her lack of sup­port for ed­u­ca­tion. She has sup­ported vouch­ers for stu­dents to at­tend pri­vate schools due to bet­ter re­sources. She also has spon­sored H.B. 564, which re­quires stu­dents in grades seven to 12 to take at least one civics test, but that is about the ex­tent of her push for ed­u­ca­tion im­prove­ments.

In Roxbor­ough/Manayunk, al­most all of the schools are pub­lic schools, yet I have not seen her sup­port for such in­sti­tu­tions. I know what it’s like to not have re­sources. I at­tend a pub­lic high school, and though it may be known for its pres­ti­gious aca­demics, it still doesn’t have ev­ery­thing that it could. I be­lieve that in­stead of spon­sor­ing vouch­ers for stu­dents and their fam­i­lies to find schools with the bet­ter re­sources, she should spon­sor bills that can bring the re­sources to stu­dents, es­pe­cially since pub­lic schools are the ma­jor­ity in her dis­trict. I be­lieve that if she be­gins spon­sor­ing bills that pro­vide equal ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties that she would help en­rich about 25 per­cent of the lives in the Roxbor­ough com­mu­nity.

I would also like to ex­press my con­cern about her lack of sup­port for any gun safety leg­is­la­tion bills. I know this is an is­sue that she feels strongly about and based on her speech at the Pub­lic Safety Hear­ings on April 9 with the House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee, she highly val­ues her con­stituents’ con­cerns about gun safety as well. That be­ing said, she has yet to spon­sor any bills on gun safety. She claims that if we are to ever stop gun vi­o­lence, we need to usher in new gun safety leg­is­la­tion at both the state and fed­eral level. I would like to point out that Rep. DeLis­sio now has the power to let her voice be heard at state level and she has had the power since 2011. I think now is the time for her to use it.

It would be a great idea for her to spon­sor some new leg­is­la­tion bills or cre­ate some on her own. Men­tal health is an is­sue that should be con­sid­ered a fac­tor when it comes to cre­at­ing the new safety leg­is­la­tion. Any­one can snap at any­time, and even if some­one passed a back­ground check and are deemed a “safe” per­son, no one could ever know what’s go­ing on in their mind. This is of­ten over­looked when it comes to al­low­ing some­one to legally reg­is­ter a gun, and it does not take long for some­one’s men­tal state to go from good to hor­ri­ble. As Rep. DeLisso goes on to cre­ate her new leg­is­la­tion bill or speak out against gun vi­o­lence in the fu­ture, I hope that she keeps that in mind.

I be­lieve that our rep­re­sen­ta­tive has the ca­pa­bil­ity to make our fu­ture great, and I hope she use this new term to take that op­por­tu­nity. I send my best wishes not only to her but to the rest of the Penn­syl­va­nia House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in their fu­ture terms in of­fice.

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