Skip to comments.Gov. Wolf, what is stopping Mifflin, Juniata counties from going yellow?
Posted on 05/10/2020 7:04:30 PM PDT by lightman
Fridays announcement of a new list of counties soon going to the yellow phase of Gov. Tom Wolfs gradual reopening plan for Pennsylvanias economy came and went and yet again, Mifflin and Juniata counties found themselves left off it.
This latest group of counties is concentrated in the southwestern portion of the state the closest to us going yellow in this group is Blair and even includes Allegheny County, which is home to Pittsburgh, the states second-largest city.
How exactly is a major metropolitan area and population center like Pittsburgh more ready to go yellow than rural Mifflin and Juniata counties?
Were still waiting for the governor to give us a satisfying answer to that. Were not holding our breath for one either.
Truth be told, we think Mifflin County should have been included with the original 24 counties that went yellow Friday (which included three counties that border Mifflin County). And in the name of honesty, we could at least understand why Juniata County was held out the first time despite its recent positive trend as it had a very high number of total cases based on its population density.
But theres no justifiable reason why Juniata or Mifflin shouldnt have been in this second group.
In fact, while were at it, theres no justifiable reason why the sole power to pick which counties can do what should rest with the governor. We feel the counties themselves are in a much better position to make that call than a governor who probably cant remember the last time he was in Mifflin, Juniata or a number of other similar counties still stuck on red.
But dont take our word for it. Just ask the people we elected to represent us in Harrisburg.
Every reasonable measure indicates that our region absolutely should be progressing toward reopening, said state Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, whose 34th District encompasses Mifflin and Juniata counties. The Department of Health Secretary admitted (Thursday) that there was a data dump that has skewed the numbers. Keeping our area closed just shows that Gov. Wolf is ignoring the data and science and instead is allowing politics to guide his decisions. People in this area want to get back to work and are capable of getting back to their lives safely. They need to be on the path toward yellow and ultimately green for a full reopening.
This is absurd, state Rep. Kerry Benninghoff said. Since the beginning, this governor has said data and science would direct his decision making. What happened? There is no data-driven justification for keeping Mifflin County closed. None. Mifflin County can safely open, and should safely open. Hardworking people are smart enough and responsible enough to safely care for themselves, their clients and their neighbors, without the government trying to control their every move. Isnt it hard work that made America? The people of Mifflin County have done what was asked of them for months, and they should not have to wait another day. Government should never be able to take away your right and ability to put food on the table for your family.
First, I questioned why Mifflin and Juniata counties could not open, while some neighboring counties were given permission to do so, said state Rep. John Hershey. The governors reopening of certain counties while refusing to include the Juniata Valley defies all reason other than the pure politics of taking care of his Democrat friends. The average resident of my district feels safe, and they want to return to work. Im saddened that the governors decision making process is not allowing them to do so, and disappointed that he continues to neglect sharing the science and data he apparently follows with the legislature.
Our small business owners have reached their breaking point, state Rep. Rich Irvin said. Many are choosing to reopen in defiance of Gov. Wolf. After being closed for such a long-extended period of time, I have the confidence in our citizens and business owners to make the correct choices while doing their part to ease the spread of COVID-19.
Were generally not ones to believe in conspiracy theories, but the seemingly-arbitrary selection process does make us wonder what makes Mifflin and Juniata counties different than so many others allowed to go yellow.
And until the governor gives us that explanation we brought up earlier, thats really, frustratingly, all we can do.
Mifflin and Juniata Counties are almost in the center of the state, in the western end of the big "Red Zone".
What I really don't understand is the silence on the part of their elected officials....we have a Rebel Alliance of at least 10 counties defying Tommie the Commie and the Tyrannical Trannie.
I guess they didn’t make the payoff....
Can’t open Mifflin without Dunder.
Does he mean local PD to stand down on enforcing the Guv's dictates or local PD to stand down if PSP shows up?
Or it might be that Allegheny is a blue (Democrat) county while Mifflin and Juniata counties are red (Republican).
Cant argue with that.
FReeper Fatima is reporting that Philly-burb Bucks County in the SE hot zone has joined the Alliance
THIS IS HUGE.
Tommie the Commie is having a very bad weekend and the Tyrannical Trannie is wetting itself—somehow. With broken plumbing I can only imagine.
Wolf knows that York and Lancaster Counties were the ones which put DJT into the White House.
If this was ever about “health” that ended over a month ago.
This is now only about politics: Reward your friends and punish your enemies.
People in dying in nursing homes are just collateral damage.
“Wolf knows that York and Lancaster Counties were the ones which put DJT into the White House.”
I thought Luzerne was the biggest flip from 12 to 16...which is also in the red zone.
My county, Northampton, also went Republican for the first time in a long time in 2016.
It is worth noting that Gov. Wolf owned a cabinet-making business. It was recently sold. The business stayed open during the quarantine. No state official complained. Cabinets are essential, dontcha know?
But then some reporter looked into it.
Could be, but the pubbie counties in the NW are open.
Straight answer— Kickbacks.
Commie Wolfe is raking in big bucks by playing favorites.
Tranny Nanny Rachel looks like a refuge from a Benny Hill skit.
I noticed how he/she copies Dr. Birx by wearing scarves. But hers/his are very drab and poorly arranged.
Who can expect a guy to know how to wear scarves?
Berks County Sheriff Eric J. Weaknecht said Saturday that he will have no part in a business crackdown, and District Attorney John T. Adams has previously said as much.
Mifflin is the wide open spaces. A large number of Amish live there.
The Amish are just like the Hasidic Jews when government mandates conflict with their religion.
They still have their Sunday meetings with dozens of people in close quarters .
The Hasidim in Brooklyn keep their synagogues open, have their big wedding and bris parties, bar mitzvahs, etc.
Sometimes civil disobedience is the way to go.
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