The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Opinion

August 12, 2010

Carney, Marino ought to get focused on issues

U.S. Rep. Chris Carney and Tom Marino ought to focus on the issues in the upcoming campaign for Congress.

Both the incumbent Democrat and the Republican challenger wandered astray in their squabble over whether Marino should have paused his campaigning while Carney dealt with a personal matter and devoted a week to serving on active duty in the military.

"I would love to know what kind of man is Tom Marino?" Carney asked. "If this is the kind of campaign he is going to run, then I question Mr. Marino's values."

The congressman's ire was drawn because Marino asked why Carney had not co-sponsored legislation that would prohibit taxpayer funding of abortions, even though Carney has repeatedly staked out and voted pro-life positions while in office.

Carney said he did not actively support the legislation in question because he was with his wife while she received treatment for breast cancer.

He was then not immediately available to speak about his position because he was on active duty.

Marino responded by saying that as a two-time survivor of cancer, he objects to Carney's effort to distance himself from a political issue by bringing up his wife's health.

Both candidates ought to move past the personal attacks and talk about things that matter to voters.

These are the kind of political games that dissuade voters from going to the polls and fuel the resentment over the government's inability to get things done.

Voters can be assured that both candidates hold conservative positions on the matter. Trying to out anti-abortion one another seems like a waste of time and breath.

But at least abortion funding is a matter of public policy.

We hope the candidates move on to things of greater national relevance like solving the economic crisis, ending our overseas wars, steering health care reform into practice and dealing with the flood of illegal immigrants.

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • AP phone records seizure a threat to democracy

    Distrust of government secrecy has been elevated to an exceptional level with the disclosure the Justice Department covertly examined two months of Associated Press phone records to determine who leaked details to the AP about a foiled terrorist plot.

    May 15, 2013

  • Good-paying jobs

    I am writing in response to comments made by several lawmakers and certain media regarding people receiving unemployment compensation not searching for employment but only wanting extensions.

    August 17, 2010

  • Economy is tough but still pay rises

    It was my first time attending a Lewisburg School Board meeting last night. I went to hear public comment on the Boards recent decision to extend the Superintendents contract,  which included a 20-plus percent pay raise. 

    August 15, 2010

  • Sunbury has a lot to offer

    I would like to respond to the letter writer that inferred that Sunbury was a pretty package with nothing inside.

    August 13, 2010

  • Mutual aid is necessary

    Mutual aid agreements in local law enforcement strike at the heart of basic small-town decency. When a neighbor is in need, those equipped to help ought to drop everything and spring to aid.

    August 13, 2010

  • Lifting me higher

    I am not a winner of a Pulitzer Prize, nor am I an author of best selling novels, I'm just a human being attempting to live life here on earth with purpose and I can find no greater way to do that than through my faith and my belief in God.

    August 13, 2010

  • Understaffing

    I read with interest your article regarding police mutual aid in Northumberland County.

    August 12, 2010

  • Carney, Marino ought to get focused on issues

    U.S. Rep. Chris Carney and Tom Marino ought to focus on the issues in the upcoming campaign for Congress.

    August 12, 2010

  • Blatantly unfair

    The Pennsylvania Republican Party is supporting an effort to strike third-party candidates from the general election ballot in November.

    August 12, 2010

  • Fiscal responsibility

    This editorial letter is only the second such letter I have been moved to pen in my lifetime.

    August 11, 2010

The Daily Marquee
Helium debate
Helium
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide