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Public Corruption in Chester County, PA

I believe an unlikely mix of alleged drug trafficking related politicos and alleged white nationalist related politicos united to elect the infamous “Bloc of Four” in the abysmal voter turnout election of 2005. During their four year term the drug business was good again and white nationalists used Coatesville as an example on white supremacist websites like “Stormfront”. Strong community organization and support from law enforcement, in particular Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll has begun to turn our community around. The Chester County drug trafficking that I believe centers on Coatesville continues and I believe we still have public officials in place that profit from the drug sales. But the people here are amazing and continue to work against the odds to make Coatesville a good place to live.

Monday, March 1, 2010

“Learning From the Sin of Sodom”

Rev. John McNamee told me and a friend that the church is a bureaucracy of people and as such is burdened with our human ethical failures. But as Nicholas Kristof writes in his article, members of clergy and their organizations may be the most effective and courageous people in the fight against poverty.

Here in Coatesville it’s true that some “ministers” finance their “churches” with drug money and launder it in their services. It is also true that some corrupt public officials work with drug dealers to keep their businesses profitable.

But the support that comes to offset the ravages of that drug business on the people of Coatesville comes from government and clergy. Without a concerned clergy in Coatesville our condition would be much, much worse.

As NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF writes that clergy/government relationship works on an international scale as well.

New York Times
Op-Ed Columnist
Learning From the Sin of Sodom
Published: February 27, 2010

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