As I read the report, I found it quite troubling that PA State Representative Dave Hickernell, who represents the borough, refuses to state whether or not he supports a natural gas extraction tax or other tax to help fund education. Setting aside my belief that in politcalese that means "no," I have to ask Rep. Hickernell two questions:
1. What is your stand?
2. Why are you afraid to make your views known?
We, as taxpayers, have the right to know a public servant's stance as well as the justification for it.
Rep. Hickernell must have built-in night vision, considering how he operates so much in the dark. For example, when questioned by Columbia Borough Councilman Jim Smith at a town meeting last December on why the borough did not get any of the extra $30.3 million in state funding, Hickernell replied, "Most representatives were unaware of the 'carve out.'" He added that it was clear "most of us were in the dark."
You certainly nailed it there, Dave. You were in the dark. Blindfolded and wearing sunglasses. But the nagging question remains: "Why were you?"
Unless Rep. Hickernell gets on the ball, keeps his constituents informed, and works for them instead of his cronies in Harrisburg, we'll just have to call him "Do-Nothing Dave."