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Not 'core service'

| Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

I couldn't believe it when I saw that state Sen. Sean Wiley, D-Erie, in his opposition to Gov. Corbett's liquor privatization plan, told an Erie TV station the sale of alcohol is among “core services” of government.

I can think of any number of core services besides selling alcohol that government should be focused on — a strong welfare system that takes care of those who really need it and keeping us safe from crime, fires and other dangers.

Government should especially focus on caring for our children and making sure they grow up with an education that prepares them for the future and to enter the workforce. And by rejecting a move to get government out of booze sales, that same Democrat rejected $1 billion in education funding.

It doesn't come as much of a surprise, really, that Democrats in Harrisburg, much like their counterparts in Washington, really have their priorities mixed up.

It's time to privatize the Liquor Control Board and make sure government is working to keep alcohol out of minors' hands, not selling it to them.

Jeff Tomkowitz

North Fayette

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