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Smart Talk: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Max Myers; New plan to attract visitors to Harrisburg

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Dec 1, 2013 1:41 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, December 2, 2013:

There are eight Democrats running for governor in Pennsylvania to unseat Republican incumbent Tom Corbett.

Even though Democratic voters won't choose their nominee until the primary six months from now, the candidates have been running hard while trying to get noticed or to separate themselves from the rest of the field.

Over the next few months, Smart Talk will feature discussions with the candidates in an effort to determine where they stand on the issues and help voters make decisions.

Max Myers, a pastor from Cumberland County, who is venturing into the world of politics for the first time, will be a guest on Monday's program.


Max Myers in studio with Scott LaMar

Also, the Historic Harrisburg Association holds its annual Candlelight House Tour in the Midtown part of the city Sunday, December 8.  An organization that has a mission of revitalization and preservation with an emphasis on architecture is looking for ways to attract visitors to the Capital City.

Historic Harrisburg's Executive Director John Campbell, who also is the city's treasurer, appears on Smart Talk to explain.


John Campbell in the witf Public Media Center Atrium

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  • Robert D Colgan img 2013-12-02 09:31

    I really liked Myer's comments.
    Strikes me as a fellow with as much heart as head-----something not common to successful ascent to higher political office which seems to attract usually narcissistic sorts beholden to rich backing donors.

    He must know how stacked the prevailing paradigm is against him . . . and yet John Kennedy bucked the oddsmakers when his confidence in himself ignored the advice of handlers.

    I say, go for it, Max-----the message you're giving here is that people are most important, the most important resource PA has.

    I agree with you.

    And, one piece of advice: stand firmly against the death penalty.
    Killing should not be the work of the State, nor Mafia hit men.
    There are other ways to treat human beings who have done harm.

  • Robert D Colgan img 2013-12-02 09:34

    WAIT------Max is not a "believer" in evolution . . ?????

    That's weird.

    But his heart seems to be in the right place, regardless.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-12-02 09:41

    Nick in York emails:

    I'd like to know if the candidate will be able to separate his religious views from his duties as an elected official? Does he intend to? I like some of his views, but I cannot support anyone who will allow religion to mask their judgement on purely political issues where religion should not be a factor.

  • Frank McManus img 2013-12-02 09:45

    Did I understand Max Myers to mean that he rejects evolution science and believes in the doctrine labeled "creationism"?

    Oh, come on. He's a smart guy. He knows that creationism stuff is baloney and has nothing to do with being a Christian.

    Or is he actually a Christian? Not trying to be difficult here, but the language he used was pretty vague. His religion doesn't matter to me at all, but if it turns out to be something especially peculiar, it will make a difference in an election.

    Apart from the goofy pseudo-science stuff, Myers sounds like a really smart, interesting, compassionate guy. But he will surely soon realize that religious questions are likely to overshadow his candidacy.

    As for gay marriage, the real question isn't Max's beliefs, but what he would do about legislation. Would he sign a gay marriage bill? Would he sign an anti-gay marriage bill? Etc. He's right about the rancor on this issue, but that doesn't mean he can just decline to comment on it. The issue is going to get bigger in the years to come, not smaller.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-12-02 09:48

    Carlisle Mayor-elect Tim Scott emails this question about the house tour:

    Was it difficult to get buy in from your partners (the restaurants) for the home tour? What was the process like?