Where Are The Democrats
Pottstown is situated at the very western edge of Montgomery County closely boarded by the Counties of Berks and of Chester. Too often Pottstown seems effected more by what happens in the capitols of these adjoining counties than it does in the happenings of its own Capitol, Norristown. Do you remember some years ago when Pottstown swung from being Republican led to becoming Democratically controlled ? Then, not as far back, the unthinkable happened. The county went from forever being Republican to that unthinkable thing of being Democratic. What has our western, "out of sight - out of mind",town done with this change ?
The county seat holds most of the trump cards for care of citizens in its boundaries. The homeless, section eight, welfare, mentally ill, revitalization are just some of the duties the county is responsible for to some varying degree. It isn't enough to just build new buildings here to service the needy, the county must not allow their services rendered degrade our town.
When was the last time you read about a county commissioner coming to Pottstown to tackle a problem Norristown created ? Has Pottstown submitted itself to believing "out of sight - out of mind" is our role in life forever. Do we demand voice at Commissioner's meetings ? Our Democratic Party in power has votes in its pocket that they count at the county level but no one seems to use them properly. In fact, who is their party boss these days ?
Left alone in the western wilderness will get us nowhere but, a person with a sack of votes in his or her pocket, can demand a hearing. Politics is not for the faint of heart, it is always local. I suggest, Democrats regroup, choose a czar who can be the informed leader of our western town, a leader who has standing in Norristown and gumption enough not to take no for an answer.
Ronald C. Downie