Hope For a New Year

01.05.10 | Dr. Stephen Coleman | Comments[0]

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Now that 2010 is underway, I would like to share my hopes for the Empire and Keystone states. I hope that in 2010 Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell does his job along with all of the lawmakers in Harrisburg. Last year was a political fiasco. The people’s business played second fiddle to dysfunctional partisan bickering. I urge those in Harrisburg -- both Republican and Democrat -- to work together to avoid financial mayhem, furloughs, and layoffs.

I also hope that in 2010 New York Governor David Paterson, the members of the State Senate, and the members of the Assembly will also work to do what is best for the people of New York. New York is on the edge of a financial cliff and leadership is desperately needed...something that has been sorely lacking in albany for decades.

I hope in 2010 that public officials at all levels in both states do everything they can to help dairy farmers succeed. Farmers are among the hardest workers and they deserve our support and respect.

In the year ahead I hope and pray that the drug dealing, violence, shootings, and killings stop in places like Rochester, Elmira, and Harrisburg.

In 2010, I hope that work progresses in turning Route 17 into Interstate 86 along New York’s Southern Tier. I also hope that nothing comes of the proposal to turn Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania into a toll road. That would be horrible for commerce as well as for the motoring public. I also hope that in 2010 -- or sometime in the future -- the Pennsylvania Turnpike will become toll free.

Well, what can I say? Hope springs eternal! Finally, I hope that in the months ahead you the listeners will e-mail me with your take on the issues of the day. I’d love to share what you think with others over the radio! Comment below, or send me an email.

cc-wetm - tv- Dr. Coleman also airs commentaries and a public affairs program on WETM 18 Elmira. For more information on these programs, go to wetmtv.com.


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