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More Transparency In Politics

December 24, 2018

Editor: The restoration of fairness in voting is an issue that has encouraged more and more bipartisan support, yet some state representatives feel entitled enough to simply ignore it. A good redistricting reform bill like House Bill 722 with plenty of bipartisan support should have at least been acknowledged, and given a vote in committee. Instead, when House Bill 722 was finally introduced to the Pennsylvania House, asking that an independent commission be appointed to draw fair district lines, it was held hostage for nearly 19 months before being dismissed by a single representative. How was that possible? The House manages to find the time to vote to “suspend the rules.” Simply put, those who benefit from current district lines are not interested in listening to the people they have taken an oath to represent. The next chance for any reform is two years down the road when representatives will certainly be present and proud to be sworn in, again. Sadly, the legislative process in the Pennsylvania House has the power to make up new rules that allow our representatives to no longer be available, fair, or representative. As more and more citizens become aware of these kinds of politicians, they have started voting for candidates who do not simply think about holding on to their “jobs,” without even working. Thankfully, there is more and more transparency. There are also candidates who do not believe that party should come before fairness and values, and candidates who do not simply seek the power to rule. There are those who actually remember what their title means, and who support their constituents by backing government reform that makes the lives of those who both count on them, and vote for them, a whole lot easier. Marilyn Olenick Fair Districts Luzerne County SHAVERTOWN

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