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VOTE – Tuesday May 15, 2018

PA's New 12th Congressional DistrictThe 2018 Primary Election is upon us. Tuesday May 12, 2018 is the date. Polls open at 7am and close at 8pm. You’re going to vote, right?

In primary elections registered Republicans vote for Republican candidates and registered Democrats will vote Democrat candidates. Independents are unable to vote in the primary.

Congressman Tom Marino
Congressman Tom Marino

The most notable race is between incumbent, Congressman (R) Tom Marino and his challenger Doug McLinko of Bradford county. What makes this race so interesting is the 60 Minutes/Washington Post exposé of the legislation that Marino sponsored that made DEA investigations of large drug pharmaceutical manufacturers and suppliers more difficult to pursue. The large companies allegedly oversold medications and fueled the Opioid epidemic. At one point Marino was being considered to be Trump’s drug czar but he withdrew his name citing personal reasons. And due to the successful legal challenges in court against gerrymandering, Marino’s old 10th Congressional District has been changed to the new 12th Congressional District. Will the Republicans re-elect Marino? (If you live in Williamsport you now live in the new 12th district.)

In other news, Congressman (R) Lou Barletta is running for US Senator. His challenger is Jim Christiana.

On the Democrat side, Senator (D) Bob Casey and Governor (D) Tom Wolf are up for re-election and are running unopposed in the primary.

Two Democrats, Marc Friedenburg and Judy Hershel, are jockeying for Marino’s seat come November.

Airneezer Paige
Airneezer Paige

And newcomer Airneezer Paige is running for State Representative, 83rd District seat. She lives in South Williamsport and is very active in community affairs and has hosted the radio show, Community Connections on WXPI Radio 88.9 FM.

Racism Kills


Screenshot of most racist areas in US map (edited showing Pennsylvania)
Screenshot of most racist areas in US map (edited showing Pennsylvania)

“We found robust associations between area racism and heart disease, cancer, and stroke, leading causes of death among Blacks. Racial disparities in mortality from these diseases may be influenced by racism through biobehavioral channels engaged in the threat response.”

The above quote is part of a conclusion found in a study about racism as a stressor in the lives of Black folk. The peered review research paper titled, “Association between an Internet-Based Measure of Area Racism and Black Mortality” found that certain areas of the United States are more racially intolerant and those racist attitudes negatively impact the health of African-Americans living in those areas.

But which areas of the country are more racist? The deep South, right? WRONG. According to the study that used data from Google searches, Appalachia was found to be the most racist section of the United States. This made headline news back 2015 when the study was published. See Washington Post article here.

Researchers analyzed the number of times the N-Word was searched on Google in all the 210 media markets in the nation. And cross checked that data from US Census Bureau data and National Center for Health Statistics on black mortality rates.

Stress makes people sick. Racism creates stress.

From the study conducted by the Public Library of Science:

“A growing body of evidence indicates that the unique constellation of environmental stressors and psychosocial challenges experienced by Blacks in the US contributes to accelerated declines in health and generates racial disparities. 

Of these stressors, there has been increasing attention to the impact of racism-related factors, including interpersonal experiences of racial discrimination. 

Racially motivated experiences of discrimination impact health via diminished socioeconomic attainment and by enforcing patterns in racial residential segregation, geographically isolating large segments of the Black population into worse neighborhood conditions. 

These areas are typically characterized by social anathemas such as poverty and crime, and fewer health-promoting resources, including recreational facilities, parks, supermarkets, and quality healthcare. Such characteristics shape health behaviors such as exercise, diet, and substance use. 

Racial discrimination in employment can also lead to lower income and greater financial strain, which in turn have been linked to worse mental and physical health outcomes.”

The Study concluded, “These findings are congruent with studies documenting the deleterious impact of racism on health among Blacks. Our study contributes to evidence that racism shapes patterns in mortality and generates racial disparities in health.”

Central Pennsylvania was included in the areas found to be highly racist.

The Kerner Commission + 50

The Kerner Report 50 years later

A new report tells us what we already know: We failed at eliminating or even seriously reducing poverty in the United States… and the racial wealth gap between whites and non-whites is greater than ever.

The new report titled, “Healing Out Divided Society: Investing in America Fifty Years After the Kerner Report” revisits the reasons for the riotous summer of 1967 and examines conditions today, in 2018.

Read an excerpt here.

Check out this article in Time Magazine online.