ShareThis Page
News

Referendum process

| Sunday, July 10, 2005

Isn't it interesting that now the governor and Democratic leaders of the state House and Senate want a public vote on Act 72 that was rejected by the vast majority of school boards across the state?

However, the House and Senate Democratic leaders want only a select group of citizens to vote, to the exclusion of other Pennsylvanians. Here's how their latest scam works: Only those citizens would get to vote in school districts where the school board voted 'no' on Act 72. Citizens in school districts where the school board voted 'yes' would be denied the chance to vote under this latest plan. This is a blatant manipulation of the referendum system.

These leaders in Harrisburg are so used to controlling and manipulating votes in the House and Senate, they now want to apply these un-American practices to the public referendum process as well. Are they afraid that the people in the school districts where the board voted yes might then vote to overturn that yes vote if a referendum were held there• The STOP/TREC group has collected almost 113,000 signatures on petitions. We have asked the governor and representatives and senators to simply give the citizens - all the citizens - the chance to vote yes or no on a constitutional amendment regarding whether they favor the abolishment of all property taxes on primary residences - homestead/farmsteads in Pennsylvania. The governor and legislative leaders - both Republican and Democrat - have ignored our appeal and apparently fear the public voting on this constitutional amendment. In other words, a public referendum is only a good idea when it serves their purposes.

The legislators and governor and citizens are urged to visit our web site www.grandoldusa.com to get educated on the S.T.O.P. bills. Those that do not have a computer, much information can be obtained by calling the hot line at 724-545-4862 or writing to STOP/TREC at P.O. Box 278, Elderton, PA 15736.

John Czekanski, Ford City

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.

click me