Jeers to canceled show; cheers to 'No Budget, No Pay Act'
Jeers to Reed Exhibitions, organizer of the Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show. The company, in restricting vendors based on concerns about gun violence backlash, and then had to cancel this year's event, ruined the show's reputation as one that isn't focused on guns at all. The show's popularity has been built on a family atmosphere that's represented in events like the DockDogs water leap competition and fishing ponds where children can cast their lines. And that same atmosphere is what exists in the outdoors community at large every day in Pennsylvania.
Cheers to U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-11), who voted in favor of the No Budget, No Pay Act. The fact that such legislation is necessary is apprehensible, but it at least speaks to the average American about this embarrassing dysfunction of today's federal government. As Barletta said, "Across the Commonwealth, families and businesses operate under a budget. They are forced to live within their means. â¦ This bill holds both the House and Senate accountable for passing a budget. If a budget is not passed, member pay will be put on hold. Simply put, if we don't do our job, we don't get paid."
Also out of Washington, D.C., cheers to Sen. Pat Toomey and some of his fellow Republican senators, who have introduced a bill for a constitutional amendment that would limit congressional terms. Representatives would be limited to three two-year terms and senators would be limited to two six-year terms. But theirs is merely a partial answer. Toomey and his fellow term-limit supporters should seek other reforms, especially an end to the gerrymandering that allows careerists to draw their own districts, thus choosing their voters and ensuring their longevity.
Cheers to the volunteers who join the American Red Cross in its mission to help those in need during times of disaster - and more of those volunteers are needed. The SUN Area Chapter, which serves, Snyder, Union and Northumberland counties, will hold a volunteer recruitment event from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at 249 Farley Circle (Brookpark Farm) in Lewisburg. The need is in all lines of service, especially at blood drives and special events, and to provide disaster services, administrative services and service to the military. Good luck to this recently reorganized chapter in getting the help it needs to carry out its good deeds.