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Smart Talk: Gangs in Central PA and a talk with John Hanger

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jan 14, 2014 3:32 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, January 15, 2014:

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Ed Marsico

There are about 150,000 gang members in Chicago and 120,000 in Los Angeles.  Gang violence is commonplace.

Those numbers would seem to indicate gang activity is a big city problem and something foreign to family friendly and relatively safe Central Pennsylvania.

Think again. 

Authorities say the number of gangs and those joining and forming gangs is growing in small cities and rural areas of the country.  While we may not know whether that's true for Central Pennsylvania, we do know there is a gang presence.


John Hanger

Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico appears on Wednesday's Smart Talk to provide details of what local law enforcement is learning about gangs.

Also, Smart Talk continues our conversations with the candidates for governor of Pennsylvania.

John Hanger is one of eight Democrats running to replace incumbent Republican Tom Corbett.  Hanger discuss his priorities and the issues on Wednesday's program.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-01-15 09:37

    Joe from Lebanon emails:

    I was listening to your Radio show on my way to drop off my son at preschool and your guest made some good points but failed to mention the importance of Mom and Dad.

    After becoming a parent, I now realize the importance of a two parent system to encourage, interact and guide our kids.

    I would say that having involved parents is as important if not more than the school itself.

  • John img 2014-01-15 09:55

    Secretary Hanger is missing an important response to the argument that regulations cost jobs. Regulations, on the contrary, add jobs because it requires drillers to work more carefully and to take extra steps to protect the rest of us. Regulations add jobs which is why companies hate regulations so much. They want to make money by employing as few people as possible.