The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

The Rave

February 15, 2013

No authority to auction off public property


What startup company would not succeed if armed with the tax-free, regulation-exempt power to separate the world between investors and inmates? There is no genius in that.

When the public acceded to or embraced these public services for the greater good, that bargain came with the promise of responsible management and accountable ownership. That was the contract.

A temporary occupant of the executive office should neither have nor believe he or she has the authority to auction away Pennsylvania's public property without the expressed consent of the owners -- in this case, the voters through their elected representatives.

To do otherwise is to confuse privatization with plunder.

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