misleading readers into thinking he was at the County Council debate between Ron Angle and Scott Parsons on Tuesday night. That's par for the course from him, but what really gets me is that he is also misrepresenting the views expressed by the candidates at a debate he failed to attend.
Take the concept of regionalization. Scott Parsons did state he'd like to see a County-wide police department. So would I. So would most people. It creates efficiencies and leads to more professional departments. It is a good idea, and I say this as someone who supports Angle.
Angle does believe in regionalization. He helped create a program in which the County and Townships pool open space money and get a larger matching grant from the state to preserve farmland. Moore and Plainfield Townships were able to preserve farms they could never have funded any other way.
When first elected Council President, one of the first things he did was sit down with Dean Browning, Chairman of Lehigh County's Board of Commissioners, and began discussions on identifying areas where the counties could work together, from laundry service at the nursing homes to work release. Lehigh County Exec Don Cunningham, in his 2010 State of the County, praised them both for their willingness to sit down and work together.
But unlike Geeting, Angle does not support regionalization just for the sake of regionalization. Since he feels that a public health department is too costly, it makes little difference to him whether one or twenty counties want to participate.
And with respect to countywide police, Angle had a one sentence remark. "It's not going to happen," he said. And it's not. Not in his lifetime. Not in my lifetime. Not even in Jonathan Geeting's lifetime. There are too many parochial forces at play, and to many police officers feel threatened by the idea, often for good reason.
Angle is just being realistic and honest. As he said in the debate that Geeting never bothered to attend, "I won't tell you what you want to hear. I'll tell you the truth."
That's something Geeting should try. If he fails to attend a debate, he really is in no position to sound off about it. Yet not only did Geeting hold forth, but completely misrepresented Angle's views about regionalization.