Early this month the Pa. State House and Senate easily passed a bill allowing the school districts, not the Governor, to determine what limits on attendance should be placed on sporting events. Sports play a vital role in developing a child’s physical, emotional, and social maturity. Having a parent present fosters this growth while strengthening the parent-child bond.
Sadly, four of the six Democrat Representatives in Chester County, Danielle Friel Otten, Christina Sappey, Carolyn Comitta and Kristine Howard voted against this bill, siding with the Governor rather than the families they supposedly represent. Democrats Dan Williams and Melissa Shusterman voted in support of the bill. Despite the fact that the margins were veto-proof, Democrat Governor Tom Wolf went ahead and vetoed the bill. Incredibly, when the override vote took place, both Williams and Shusterman joined other Democrat partisans and changed their votes to “No” enabling the veto to stand.
I am unaware of any change in the behavior of the virus that would necessitate a change in position on this issue. The altered votes of Williams and Shusterman were based on political pressure, not medical necessity. In the end, it is disheartening that none of the Democrat Representatives from Chester County thought the parents and School Boards knew enough or cared enough to allow them to decide what’s best for their children.
All of this was done in the face of a federal ruling already declaring Wolf’s restrictions unconstitutional. These “Representatives” represent neither us nor the Constitution. It’s time for a change!
Gordon R. Eck, D.O.