2012-02-23 / Local & State

LaRouche PAC Member Talks With Commissioners

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
STAFF WRITER

After handing out information and speaking with local residents outside the McConnellsburg Post Office Tuesday morning, a representative of the Lyndon LaRouche Political Action Committee sat down with the county commissioners to discuss his group’s concerns.

Tony Esposito told the commissioners the PAC headquartered in Leeseburg, Va., is localizing across the nation and at all levels of government. Among the issues highlighted by Esposito is the danger of war in the Middle East and the nation’s over riding financial crisis.

“It’s here already, and it will get worse,” said Esposito of the country’s finances. In hopes of alleviating these woes, the PAC is calling for the reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act.

Also known as the Banking Act of 1933, the Glass-Steagall Act resulted in the “establishment of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in the United States and introduced banking reforms, some of which were designed to control speculation.” The repeal of provisions of the act occurred in 1999 and removed the divider between investment banking that issued securities and commercial banks, which made money through deposits.

Esposito noted that a total of 58 legislators, including one from the commonwealth, have cosponsored HR1489, which seeks to reinstate

Glass-Steagall and thereby implement a six-month orderly cleanup of the banking crisis. A similar initiative is also being proposed in Italy.

“We’re sounding the political alarm,” announced Esposito. “...We need for America to think big again.”

Esposito asked the commissioners to use their influence to speak with their federal officials to help get Glass-Steagall reinstated.

Lyndon LaRouche, organizer of the PAC, is a former presidential candidate. Information about him and his committee can be found online at larouchepac.com.

The commissioners also met with EMA/911 Director Ruth Strait concerning the hiring of an emergency response team to handle possible hazardous spills in county. The current contract with the Cumberland County SHOT team is set to expire at the end of February. Based on her research, Strait recommended hiring Environmental Products and Services (EPS) based in Vermont. The company also maintains a satellite office in the Harrisburg area. Contracts will be reviewed prior to formal approval by the commissioners.

Special projects coordinator Karen Hann presented two requests for reimbursement from PennDOT in connection with the JLG turning lane projects. Reimbursements totalling $1,143.64 and $1,197.26 were approved for construction and inspection services.

Business manager Tim Stanton presented an option to the commissioners on the replacement of a Liebert unit in the 911 equipment room. Additional information must first be obtained from Stanton in order for a decision to be made.

Stanton also said that the county’s pest consultant has stated he is not concerned about termites getting into the bandshell in McConnell Park. However, the consultant did advise the county it should do a termite treatment of the old domestic relations office. As a result, the commissioners signed a contract to have the old office space treated for termites at a one-time cost of $1,150 as well as a $110 per year maintenance fee.

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