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Letters to the Editor

Remember the politicians in November

| Friday, Sept. 16, 2005

To the editor:

The Aug. 18 Leader Times editorial, commenting on the pay increases taken by legislators. says, "This is a prescription for revolution and Pennsylvania's leaders are the ones holding the match ever closer to the fuse of the powder keg."

Brad Bumstead notes the state leadership makes a mockery of our representative democracy. Our representatives are often referred to a pawn as former Rep. John Kennedy found out, he served for eight years in the house, he was a virtual outcast for his outspoken position on the legislators ????largest and for turning down perks such as a free state paid car. That was 17 years ago.

Still today the leadership to punish and intimidation over representative for voting contrary to them and speaking out for the citizens of their districts and their request, this is dictatorial power in Harrisburg some still say its politics (wrong) to silence our representatives is to silence the people of his district.

Now if this intimidation of our representatives is reaching out to a private citizen who threatens a federal lawsuit on the pay raise his name must remain anonymous he fears retaliation from Harrisburg, if this much power remains in the hands of few, it's unthinkable what they can do.

The leadership violates their oath to protect the citizens of this state from legislative abuse, they abuse our constitution with weekend meeting to pass Act 72 and 1 a.m. meeting for a pay raise, you must remember this the next election if you want to get your state back.

Some politicians had the nerve to give themselves a nice raise, now they don't have the nerve to stand behind their own conviction with excuses they will give the money to some worthy charity, or maybe to the folks back home, they ????hip millions of dollars in taxpayers money in secret accounts, we can't even get a copy of their voting record you have to go Harrisburg and copy the list by hand no photographs or copies allowed, and were supposed to trust them with our vote.

Our government is not about these kinds of tricks. Remember he was for the little people he tried to improve his public image by talking a raise for the minimum wage to the bill that gave the raise to the politicians, but that's as far as it went remember his nomination to chair the gaming commission his promise on property tax, oh yes the five million of taxpayers money that went to Pittsburgh and yet he left the minimum wage go by the wayside.

In today's world you might think it's an honor to shake the hand of some politicians and it might be so, but you better count your fingers.

John Copenhaver

West Kittanning

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