Where’s the gas money?
National Public Radio last week reported that Reading, PA has the highest poverty rate for any city its size in the country. Pennsylvania, it seems, is no longer a Commonwealth. We no longer share our wealth in common.
In order to enrich out-of-state billionaires with probably a trillion dollars’ worth of natural gas being drilled from under our ground, we have sacrificed aid to education, funding for museums and libraries, grants for writing and research, arts and culture, roads, bridges, counties and municipalities, after-school programs, etc. Places like Reading get not a penny from the gas that we, and the residents of Reading, actually own.
We are no longer a state. We are now merely part of gas infrastructure. Nothing else we do or are, were or might be is as important. We are being raped, but we might have expected it, and actually seem to be enjoying it.