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Smart Talk: Are we safer than we think?; Home rule for Carlisle?

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Mar 18, 2015 3:00 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, March 19, 2015:

The terrorist group ISIS is the most serious foreign threat America has faced in decades, it seems there is violence or war all over the world, and crime is exploding here at home.  Watch TV news for a few minutes each day and that's the conclusion one must come away with.

It must be true because we hear our political leaders say the world is a much more dangerous place.  

But is it really?

Not according to Jonathan Rauch, a contributing editor for The Atlantic and Nati9onal Journal and author of the article "Be Not Afraid" in The Atlantic.  Rauch appears on Thursday's Smart Talk to say we have never been safer.

In 1992, the Borough of Carlisle attempted and failed - by 22 votes - to implement a Home Rule charter. Now, after 18 months of study and over 50 public meetings, they're trying again. The residents of Carlisle will have the opportunity to vote on the shape of their future government this May.

Since the implementation of the Home Rule Charter Law in 1972, Pennsylvania has had seven counties, 19 boroughs and 27 townships vote to establish a home rule charter in their communities.

Home rule charters are a way of decentralizing and allocating more power to local governments. Instead of acting only when authorized by state law, home rule municipalities can act anywhere except where they are specifically limited by state law.

Joining us Thursday on Smart Talk is Ken Womack, a member on the Government Study Commission of the Carlisle Borough to discuss what the referendum will mean for Carlisle.

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Ken Womack

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-03-19 08:13

    Matt emails:
    Three words: television, television, television. Specifically cable news and advertising of all kinds, including political. Fear causes us to vote our agency away and continually buy things. It's quite profitable.

  • lexium81 img 2015-03-19 08:28

    the guest seems to be raising and lowering his voice, hard to understand him.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-03-19 08:32

    Joan emails:
    Your guest is making the same points made by Steven Pinker in the widely-read Better Angels of Our Nature. Here are counter points:
    1. Pinker measures the reduction in violence on a percentage basis, not absolute numbers. This approach shows less violence, but actually more people are suffering because there are seven billion of us bumping into each other. For example, there are about 800 million who are food deprived. This is larger than the population of the entire world in the year 1400 before the Scientific Method, Renaissance, Industrial Revolution, Capitalism, Computers, etc. If each suffering human counts as one, rather than as a percentage of 7 billion, there is more suffering.
    2. The least violence is in a police state. Is this what we want? Those who tell us the world is safer live in a personal environment that is especially safe thanks to police. They are not speaking from a ghetto.
    3. Americans live in a cocoon built by the largest military budget in human history. Is this our ideal for the whole world?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-03-19 08:39

    Carol emails:
    I just heard your guest talk about how all crime is down in the US.
    You asked about gun crime and he repeated "all crime".

    Could this be because the NRA and others have prevented the CDC from keeping accurate statistics on gun crime in the US???

    I won't believe gun crime is down in the US until I see accurate statistics.

    We've had at least 5 (reported) shootings in Lancaster since March 3rd.

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