Ferlo out of line I

| Thursday, June 20, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

As a merit-shop association, Associated Builders and Contractors Inc.'s Western Pennsylvania Chapter has always stood strong on the side of providing quality products and services at competitive pricing, for the community's good.

With discussion about liquor privatization, lively debates are to be expected. However, the focus has been shifted from the issue at hand to personal attacks and assaults on the character of a family business that truly is an American success story.

State Sen. Jim Ferlo's remarks about the Sheetz family and their employees at the June 4 Senate Law and Justice Committee hearing were inexcusable.

Sheetz has supported our communities with good-paying jobs and careers for thousands, while delivering quality products, convenient access and philanthropic achievements for more than 60 years.

Ferlo is not voicing the beliefs of anyone except the public-employee unions that fill his PAC coffers. He doesn't care what is best for his constituents, only for what is best for the people who fund his election.

We need to support Gov. Corbett and the senators and representatives who have championed this free-enterprise solution. Without fair and open competition, consumers pay more.

Pennsylvania is one of only two states that think state-owned and -controlled liquor stores are the best way to go. Public-employee unions are the villains — not job creators, taxpayers and economic generators like the Sheetz family.

We need to stop protecting only public-employee jobs and start doing what is best for all Pennsylvanians and allow free enterprise to create more private jobs.

Eileen Watt

The writer, a former Allegheny County Council member, is president of Associated Builders and Contractors Inc.'s Western Pennsylvania Chapter (abcwpa.org).

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