Can Charlottesville awaken Pa.’s legislature?
“‘We as legislators have limited capacity to do something other than speak out. But this is one thing we can do that has substance and is a good way to make a statement.’
“Why are we regional outliers on this?
“Three reasons: mismanagement of past legislation, broad swaths of social conservatism, and spine-free political leadership. . . .
“This shouldn’t be and isn’t a partisan thing. It’s basic. It’s lending, at least, a voice against intolerance, against hate-based violence.
“It’s also an affirmation of founding principles, of equality and shared rights. And it’s way past time our elected officials embraced it.”