Apr 14, 2017
Wrestling With Lehigh Valley Indifference
It's not easy wrestling with the indifference of the Lehigh Valley. Once three cities of concerned citizenry, we're now an area of newcomers. The large growing Hispanic demographic is isolated from local issues by both language and poverty. The wealthy suburban migrants didn't move here to bother themselves with local politics. Consequently, we have an upcoming mayoral election with nine candidates, headed by our own Boss Tweed.
Our newspaper, once owned by a local family, is now part of a national media company. Its building is now owned by the largest property owner in center city, and principal beneficiary of the largest tax incentive program in Pennsylvania's history.
Advocates who fight for issues, especially against local sacred cows, are mostly reduced to private soapboxes, to publicize their cause. Whether you're a blogger trying to inform the public that a municipality is trying to subvert the results of a referendum, or a former president judge rallying against excessive profits from a tax-free hospital, the sacred cows are protected by the media. Furthermore, the media is very indignant when you point that shortcoming out. Never the less, there are a few of us who continue to dive into the ring.