Your pocketbook, your brain and your gut tell you all you need to know -- things are rotten in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. And it begins at the top, with the governor.
For far too long, the executive branch has been running something akin to a rackets operation. Peters are robbed to reward the Pauls. The favored few Pauls never complain, of course. And the Peters are excoriated for having the audacity to protest.
Democrat Gov. Ed Rendell has run Pennsylvania into the ground. The Democrat who hopes to succeed him, Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato, considers Mr. Rendell a role model. Need we say more• Why, yes. Onorato's tenure is one of shafting taxpayers, not serving them, as everything from his drink-tax, his property-reassessment and his mass-transit machinations prove.
Pennsylvania sorely needs leadership. It needs a governor who is an adult, one who plays neither games nor favorites, as the ongoing prosecution of legislative corruption has shown. That leader is Tom Corbett, the Republican state attorney general who has served Pennsylvania -- and the nation as a federal prosecutor -- with the greatest distinction.
We heartily endorse Tom Corbett for governor of Pennsylvania. The commonwealth cannot survive a third Ed Rendell term.
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 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.