Gov. Corbett, Mayor Nutter and money made and spent

Posted: June 15, 2012

Everyone who knows the conservative ideology of Governor Tom Corbett is aware that, thankfully, he will not approve a state budget which contains a tax increase. Why, though, is it assumed that the commonwealth must spend every dollar it has on programs?

The state income tax was needlessly hiked from 2.8 percent to 3.07 percent by Gov. Edward "Spendell," and, before him, it soared from 2.1 percent to 2.8% percent under another reckless spender, the late Governor Robert Casey. On what basis do we conclude that the tax shall remain at that inflated level? If there is "extra money" that is burning a hole in the pockets of our spendthrift General Assembly members, what a novel idea it would be to return it to those who created the surplus — the taxpayers! I do not want to hear that it is necessary for funding for colleges and universities when these institutions have money to burn, many of them compensating administrators and sports-team coaches with more money than they could ever spend.

I think of the Pennsylvania General Assembly when the adage "If you give them the money, they will spend it" comes to mind. The need to spend every available cent and then some is a recipe for the destruction of the taxpayer.

Oren M. Spiegler

Upper Saint Clair PA

Maybe one day Governor Corbett and Mayor Nutter can admit that they really don't care about working people.

Mayor Nutter keeps coming back to city council to raise the taxes on the homeowners to "support the school district." The debt keeps getting worse every year and the scares of Armageddon keep coming every year. Mayor Nutter then praises the efforts to privatize the school district and end the contracts that the labor unions have that keep people with family-sustaining jobs.

When it comes to the state budget, Governor Corbett keeps looking to cut the education and social services that working people and families need the most.Yet, he can give additional funding to the prisons and find ways to cut taxes and give extraordinary tax breaks to some of his previous donors.

One thing that seems to come together for Gov. Corbett and Mayor Nutter is that they look for every chance they get to privatize social services, education and anything else they can. One day they blame the economy, and after they beat the economy excuse to death they blame each other.

Gov. Corbett and Mayor Nutter are like the modern-day "Odd Couple." During election time they campaign against each other's party. Yet, when it comes to making sure that the rich keep getting richer and the everyday working person has to struggle to make ends meet, they could be identical twins.

David Krain

Philadelphia

If you could bottle service

I don't really care much whether the Pennsylvania state liquor stores are privatized or not, and I don't really want to be partisan about it. And, of course, I'd hate to see workers lose their jobs and benefits and, if the stores are privatized, I would certainly hope that those who work in those stores would retain their jobs.

What I do care about, however, is that in order to better serve the public — whether privatized or not — the stores should expand business hours to match those of neighboring states' hours. I've no problem with prices — that all seems to balance out for me — but nothing is more frustrating than to pull up to a Pennsylvania Wine and Spirits Store a few minutes after 5 p.m. on a Sunday and be unable to pick up a bottle of wine (or whatever). Those incovenient business hours seem to me to be an easily rectifiable problem.

The world has changed since the state-store system began: people work longer, odd or weekend hours, and the system here in Pennsylvania is outdated and should either privatize or catch up with the times.

Cletus McBride

Bensalem

Wing and a preyer

They bully the wrens, robins and cardinals.

They poop on our patios, windshields and statues of saints.

They swagger like Mick Jagger on telephone wires and flip us the bird.

No one likes pigeons.

Still, I believe pigeons are more evolved than those "hunters" who shoot them for "sport."

Jim Acton

Collegeville, Pa.

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