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Friday, March 28, 2014, 8:57 p.m.

The news story “Wolf expects business acumen to give him edge with Pa. voters” was interesting but not very convincing. Maybe I'm skeptical because of the deceptive nature of politics lately, but there are a couple of things that concern me.

First of all, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf emphasizes his “smart business” approach to sharing 20 to 30 percent of his company's profits with employees. Sharing prosperity is a great way to extract the best from your employees in the private sector. It has no purpose or place in government because there, sharing means taking from a productive person to give to a nonproductive person.

Secondly, I can't argue that a moderate natural gas extraction tax is a necessarily bad thing, but it should be used to fund our deteriorating roads and bridges. The Marcellus industry has created many good-paying jobs contributing to the overall economy of the commonwealth. To propose imposing taxes to fund an underperforming public education system and its well-protected jobs doesn't make any sense unless Wolf is pandering to the teachers unions. Teacher salaries will continue to go up and so will our taxes.

The fact that Wolf is a multimillionaire businessman who has “actually made executive decisions” may be something he might want to downplay. That persona didn't work well for Mitt Romney.

Tom Miller

North Huntingdon

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