Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
State police, guns and politicians
TO THE EDITORS:
State police coverage: State Rep. P. Michael Sturla has an idea to raise funds for road repairs in southern Lancaster County. The plan sounds reasonable: Make municipalities pay for the state police coverage.
OK, just make sure the cost is not inflated. Currently, two state troopers cover the entire southern end of the county. So, all of the affected townships should split the cost.
If the cost is to be exaggerated, which we can all be sure that it will, the residents of the affected areas have the right to demand coverage and patrols in accordance with the money charged. (Remember, townships with their own police force, also receive state police coverage.)
Gun bill: According to the article detailing Sen. Pat Toomey's gun bill, a Franklin & Marshall poll was cited showing that 94 percent of Pennsylvania voters favor required background checks for all gun sales. Yet, the majority contends that any type of adjustment to tighten gun control regulations are neither warranted nor needed. It is about time representatives start reflecting the will of the majority of the people.
It is very frustrating for informed voters to have elected officials ignore their opinions. We, the voters, are not ignorant. We are not in need of a "Father Knows Best" figure to take care of us and to save us from ourselves.
Politicians are elected to represent the people who vote for them. Elected officials are the ones who need to grow up, stop name-calling and play nice with others.
We need to vote them out, if they do not start acting like responsible adults instead of petulant, selfish children.