Peter Jackson, in his article “Corbett, Wolf differ on views,” (Sept. 1) seems to imply that “liberal” is the opposite of “moderate” when he states that Wolf “presses a liberal agenda in a moderate state.” The word “liberal” means “not narrow in opinion, tolerant.” “Moderate” means “avoiding extremes, limited in scope, average, mediocre.”
Obviously, Wolf’s plan to prioritize education; overhaul the tax system, including an extraction tax on gas production; expand Medicaid; and reform pensions might be defined as “liberal” when Corbett’s definition of “moderate” has meant denying medical access to the poorest among us; watching our schools struggle to balance budgets, including reducing teachers; and giving the gas producers free reign to pollute our water and soil.
Pennsylvania has become far below “average” or “mediocre.” It is sinking down to having one of the lowest standards of living in the country.
I question whether Jackson knows what he is writing about unless his bias weighed heavily on his writing skills.
Pennsylvanians may not lean to extremes, but they are wise in the ways their state can improve. Corbett’s woeful polling numbers tell the story. Corbett’s “extreme” pandering to Republican power-brokers has resulted in the decline of a once prosperous state.
Frances G. Scalise