By Lucas D. Wood
KLINE TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- After dedicating much of his life to serving the community, Joe Wargo and his wife, Ruth, was repaid tonight by the overwhelming amount of people who came out to vocally support them at Wednesday evening’s Kline Township meeting.
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This evening at 6 o’clock, a special meeting was held at the Kline Township municipal building on fifth street in Kelayres in regards to the taking of the Wargo's property by the Township through eminent domain.
Nearly a hundred – if not over a hundred – members of the community showed up for the meeting and offered their thoughts on the matter.
About 20 minutes into the meeting, the Supervisors voted to resend the eminent domain process, and Supervisor, Dale Wesner assured the people that this was now a closed matter.
“If thats what the public wants then thats what the public will go ahead and get,” Wesner said before concluding the meeting.
Personally, I would like to just add a few of my own comments. Foremost, never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can come together and bring upon change. That’s democracy. That’s how the founding fathers of this great country intended for democracy to work. That’s how governing works – or at least that’s how it’s supposed too. I’m proud of every person that walked through them townhall doors and expressed their opinions and their moral concerns; that’s how politics work. After the demonstration we’ve seen from this, I don’t want to hear anyone ever say that hope don’t matter, or that change is impossible. A quote that I’ve constantly uttered and repeated over the past few days was “decisions are made by those who show up.” If you don’t like how your city is being ran, get involved. Excuse my bluntness, but change won’t come by bitching about your government. Write or call public officials, attend rallies, and work on political campaigns. Reach out to those in office who took an oath to uphold the constitution. Politics are only corrupt when “We the People” allow them to be corrupt.
The meeting, featuring people’s comments, can be viewed in its entirety below:
(Pardon the semi-poor audio quality.)