Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 28, 2002 · Page 3
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®I|e (3fnhtana (gazette Papers line up behind Rendell By The Associated Press ! Newspapers in Pittsburgh, Allen;town, Scranton, Harrisburg, Erie, Johnstown, Beaver County and York 'endorsed Democratic gubernatorial .candidate Edward G. Rendell on |Sunday, while newspapers in Pittsburgh and State College endorsed jRepublican Mike Fisher. ! A newspaper in Easton endorsed [Rendelltoday. ; The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette called •Rendell "a lumbering, gregarious hunk of a politician; he's a walking, italking bear hug" who can offer dynamic, creative leadership for a state needing it. Fisher's approach to governing is :"change little and steady as she ;goes," the Post-Gazette said. ; The Post-Gazette said Rendell offers the "more realistic program" for •reducing property taxes by increas- iing the state's share of educational [spending from 34 percent to 50 per- ^ ;cent and taking the onus off the local •taxpayer. '. Rendell is also eager to find effi- iciencies in government, the Post- Gazette said: "Proof of that comes in the scorn he endures to this day from leaders of Philadelphia's municipal- worker unions." The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review said Fisher "knows the difference between the wealth transference Rendell seeks to foist on the people versus the wealth creation this state so sorely needs. It's the fundamental difference between conservative, good governance and the kind of liberal, irresponsible governance that Rendell would seek to impose." Rendell, the Tribune-Review said, is a "mortal danger to the future of Pennsylvania." "Ed Rendell didn't 'save' Philadelphia, he suckered Harrisburg into bailing it out; every Pennsylvanian will be paying die tab for years," the Tribune-Review said. While Fisher signed a pledge not to raise taxes, Rendell's refusal to rule out a tax increase is "the sign of an undisciplined man generally ignorant of basic economics. His lighthouse beacon is a clear warning signal for Pennsylvanians to hold onto their wallets," the Tribune-Review said. The Patriot-News of Harrisburg said Rendell "hasn't boxed himself in, as Fisher has done, by making a politically seductive but irresponsible pledge not to raise taxes if elected. Rendell'is capable of making the hard/difficult decisions that likely will be required in the coming year as the state faces another difficult budget." The Centre Daily Times in State College said Fisher was better- equipped to address the state's ongoing malpractice-insurance crisis. "The gradual exodus of health professionals and the closing of medical facilities is a dire threat to the economy, as well as health, infrastructure of the state," the Daily Tunes said. The Erie Times-News said Fisher is "a competent administrator who might fit the governor's chair just fine in rosier times. He is not the man for this moment. Fisher offers a calm stewardship in rocky times when an action-man like Rendell is demanded." The Morning Call of Allentown said that Rendell has "fire in the belly" and is experienced in public policy. "He would be a governor who believes that state government must balance both its opportunities and obligations. And, he believes overall that with the right executive leadership, state government can be better than it is," the Morning Call said. STATE Monday, October 28, 2002 — Page 3 — ' • "' ^^^^«^^^^HHHBBBBBBBBB*B«B*B«BBH Democratic nominee Edward G. Rendell, right, and Republican Mike Fisher exchanged opinions Sunday in the next-to-last debate of the gubernatorial campaign. (AP photo) Green Party candidates disrupt debate between Rendell, Fisher By PETER JACKSON Associated Press Writer PITTSBURGH — Democrat Edward G. Rendell and Republican Mike Fisher clashed over property taxes and teacher testing in a gubernatorial debate Sunday, despite disruptions by Green Party candidate Michael Morrill and his supporters to protest their being shut out. In an unscheduled speech just before the event began, Morrill called the sponsors' decision to exclude him "utterly, utterly outrageous." "This is riot Iraq. This is the United States," Morrill said before security officers at the Jewish Community Center ushered the West Reading consumer activist off the set moments before the live-TV debate began. The debate moderator, WPXI-TV anchor David Johnson, explained that Morrill and Libertarian Party candidate Ken Krawchuk were excluded because neither of them had won at least 15-percent support in independent polls. Both have barely registered in the half-dozen polls taken so far. "This comes down to a mere matter of polling," Johnson said. "If you don't make the number, you don't get on." As the hour-long debate went on, MorrilTs running mate, Vicld Smed- iey, a speech therapist from Ly-. coming County, walked out, crossing between the TV cameras and candidates and talking loudly as she exited. Later, her husband left in a similarly vocal manner, as did another man. The debate produced no bombshells, but former Philadelphia Mayor Rendell acknowledged he has not decided how he would distribute among the state's 501 school districts the $1.5 billion in additional school aid he has promised. Rendell said after the debate that he was only being realistic, since any distribution plan would likely require a compromise between the governor and the General Assembly. He said his plan would provide an average 30- to 33-percent reduction in property taxes and that the biggest reductions would go to districts with the highest milJage rates. "How much, to whom, I can't say yet," Rendell said. Fisher's campaign manager, Kent Gates, accused Rendell of being inconsistent, noting dial he had said at a recent debate in Easton that the new money would be distributed according to the formula the state uses to distribute school subsidies. That formula generally funnels proportionately more to the poorest districts. Despite a state revenue shortfall that he says could reach $2 billion, Rendell said he can raise the additional school money without increasing taxes — by legalizing slot machines at racetracks and cutting spending by $1 billion. "Ed's plan doesn't work. The numbers just don't add up," said Fisher, the state attorney general. Fisher proposes requiring most school districts to hold referendums to find out whether voters want to increase local income taxes in exchange for lower property taxes. That offers "the kind of local control that I believe Pennsylvanians want to see," Fisher said. Asked about a bill the state Senate approved last week to abolish the state's I-year-old teacher-testing program, Fisher said he would urge Gov. Mark S. Schweiker to veto the measure. Rendell said the testing program has been "a fiasco" and should be repealed. Fisher said he favors keeping the program while legislators correct problems that educators have identified. Ilendell said that a complete overhaul of the test is needed but that any assessment of teachers ought to also include a review of truancy and graduation rates among their students. "For the past eight years, Harrisburg has treated teachers like they're the enemies," Rendell said. Only one more debate — in Philadelphia on Tuesday night — is scheduled before the Nov. 5 election. Sunday marked the eighth debate or similar forum in which Rendeli and Fisher have engaged. Exhibit recalls pivotal coal strike SHENANDOAH (AP) —A hundred years after "The Great Strike," scholars and history buffs gathered to discuss die months-long, sometimes violent 1902 coal strike, when immigrant miners fought for better pay and shorter hours. The five-month strike, waged by 150,000 miners, crippled American industry but energized the country's fledgling labor movement, historians said. "It was the first real step toward the acceptance of collective bargaining in the United States," says Harold Aurand, a retired Perm State University prof ess or who spoke at a symposium Friday.. The three-day conference, held at several sites in northeastern Pennsylvania's coal region, ended Saturday with the opening of a "Great Strike" exhibit at the Anthracite Heritage Museum in Scranton. The strike, led by United Mine Workers president John Mitchell, started May 11 and wasn't resolved until Oct. 20. In between, the Irish, Polish, Lithuanian and other miners clashed with Pennsylvania National Guard members while the price of the anthracite coal fueling America's new industries climbed 50 percent. President Teddy Roosevelt helped resolve the dispute, appointing an Anthracite Coal Strike Commission to serve as an arbitration panel. "These miners are important heroes to this day by endangering themselves and going on strike," said Robert A. Janosov, a professor at Luzerne County Community College, which hosted a forum Saturday that attracted people from around the country. "People can come and experience die reality of the history in this region ... through events like ihis," said Diane Rooney of San Francisco, who came to support the creation of a U.S. postage stamp honoring miners. In Shenandoah, Schuylkill County, barber Johnny Catizone displays mine hats, picks and other mementos bequeathed by the miners whose hair he clipped for decades. "All my old guys are dead," Catizone-said, as he gave a buzz-cut to a teenager. "I buried all die old miners." The region's coai production peaked in 1917, and though some coal jobs remain, a relative few work in the industry. Many young people leave for better jobs. The two largest employers near Shenandoah are Mrs. T's Piero- gies and diree prisons. "We're becoming Prison County USA," says Catizone, who teaches his trade to inmates at the state prison in Frackville. The exhibit at the heritage museum runs through the end of the year. School of Continuing Education "Going to IUP is the smartest thing I've ever done!" Undergraduate credit programs for your changing educational and life needs: more than 100 majors; evening degrees; and online courses via the web! ^ Begin, or return part-lime for a bachelor's or associate's degree. 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Pennsylvania law prohibits minors from purchasing tobacco and forbids the sale of tobacco to minors. The state does not restrict minors from possessing tobacco unless they are on school property. Marian M. Nailor, director of township services for the State Association of Township Supervisors, said she wasn't aware of any other municipality in the state with a ban on outdoor teen smoking. David DiSabatino, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, said the ban would not violate civil liberties because there is no constitutional right to smoke. The municipality about 50 miles from Philadelphia is researching the legality of a ban, which could also help reduce the number of cigarette butts in public places, officials said. "The kids are so brazen; they leave their butts on the playground right behind the police station," said Lisa K. Heilman, borough secretary. Several teens playing basketball at the Robesonia playground said the ordinance would be ineffective. "This won't stop anybody from smoking," said Jesse Sensenig, 17. "It won't stop me. It's pointless to even try this. It's only going to start a war between the cops and the kids." Treats For Children 1 to 12 Yrs. of Age 6:30 P.M. Lines Form In The Hallway Near Bon-Ton HALLOWEEN PARADE WEDNESDAY OCT. 30TH SWOLLEN ANKLES? VARICOSE VEINS? Announcing a V V^ V* V" r RCE non-invasive vein screening. It's easy and it's painless! 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