In recent weeks, the Trib has reported on corruption within the Turnpike Commission (“8 charged in alleged turnpike corruption,” March 14 and TribLIVE.com) and elected officials collecting freebies (“Pa. lawmakers rack up $117K in freebies,” March 13 and TribLIVE.com), while the Pennsylvania Independent ran a story on the misuse of SEPTA buses (“Protesters ride to Capitol rally on SEPTA buses”) and CBS Philly led with a story about corrupt traffic court judges (“Another Judge Pleads Guilty To Fixing Tickets in Phila. Traffic Court”).
However, the real crime here is that the readers and viewers of these stories likely shrug their shoulders, take another sip of coffee and move on to the next report.
We have been exposed to this type of corruption for so long that we now accept it as a normal way of life. It is clear that nothing will change as long as we continue to send the same people into public office. Whether Democrat or Republican, the beat goes on.
The only hope we have of reversing this situation is to think outside the box when we go to the polls. We need to seriously look at candidates not part of the duopoly that is the dominant two-party system of today.
On May 21, if you live in select communities of Pittsburgh's South Hills, I invite you to cast your vote for some new blood to shake up Harrisburg.
The writer is the Libertarian candidate in the May 21 special election for the 42nd District seat in the state House.
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