Public to blame
In the news story “8 charged in alleged turnpike corruption” (March 14 and TribLIVE.com), former Democrat Gov. Ed Rendell was quoted as saying, “... nor was I aware of any inappropriate activity. ... Joe Brimmeier made significant improvements in the operation of the PA Turnpike during his tenure.”
The story later contradicts Rendell: “Political pressure stemming from the turnpike's legacy of patronage, runaway debt and allegations of corruption during Brimmeier's tenure prompted Port Authority's board instead to name the agency's chief financial officer, Ellen McLean, as interim transit chief.”
How did a mental midget like Rendell get elected, then re-elected, governor? Why was a career political pimp like Brimmeier allowed to allegedly ravish the public purse for four decades? Who must accept the ultimate blame?
Pennsylvania voters and taxpayers, look in a mirror.
Frank C. Nugent
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.