The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 11, 2013

Become a smarter voter


— Going to Harrisburg and Washington to “throw the bums out” won’t work. The “bums” were elected by the voters in general elections. So what’s the solution?

The answer is to encourage, support and elect leaders at all levels of government who believe in public service and in good government to run for office. Michael Bloomberg, an Independent, John Huntsman, a Republican, and Bill Richardson, a Democrat, are a few examples.

Locally, the Snyder County Commissioners Peggy Chamberlain Roup, Malcolm Derk and Joe Kantz have done an excellent job of working together to serve the needs of the people. All of them should be encouraged to continue to run again for elective office.

To make government better means that taxpayers must be willing to pay for public funding of short election campaigns. Candidates would have access to free media advertising. This would eliminate the influence of corporations and the wealthy.

Voting to elect candidates who are anti-government and who oppose paying taxes only makes government worse.

In short, if we want better government, then we must be smarter voters who know that good government isn’t free or cheap, but that it costs less in the long run than government that is bought and paid for by well-financed special interest groups and their lobbyists.



David L. Faust, Selinsgrove