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Smart Talk: Do protection orders work?; PA's conservation heritage

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Sep 14, 2015 10:08 AM

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The memorial to Stacey Pennington outside her Mt. Gretna business.

What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, September 14, 2015:

Domestic violence reaches across all socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic lines.  It can happen anywhere and to anyone.

If anyone needed proof, it came Labor Day weekend when 46-year-old Stacey Pennington was shot and killed outside her Mt. Gretna business by an ex-boyfriend, Patrick Derr.

Many people's initial reaction was, "not in quaint, quiet Mt. Gretna."

Stacey Pennington had a Protection From Abuse order against Derr, meaning he legally couldn't go near her.  Some questioned the effectiveness of PFAs after the incident.

On Monday's Smart Talk, Peg Dierkers, the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence discusses violence that occurs far too often and PFAs.

Need help?  In an abusive relationship?  Call 1-800-799-7233.


Peg Dierkers--Executive Director, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence


History books often describe Pennsylvania as an industrial giant.  Steel, coal, and timber were produced in great numbers in this state. 

While Pennsylvania was helping to build a nation, those industries also had an impact on the environment - the forests, land, water, and air. 

Even while industrialization was going on, there were pioneers in Pennsylvania who campaigned and fought to preserve our natural resources.  They may not get as much attention in those history books, but they were part of Pennsylvania Conservation Heritage.  Pennsylvania's Conservation Heritage: Telling the Story is a statewide initiative with the mission of documenting the state's conservation history.

Appearing on Monday's Smart Talk to discuss the project are Pennsylvania's Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Cindy Dunn and Marci Mowery, President of the PA Parks and Forest Foundation.


PA DCNR Secretary Cindy Dunn & Marci Mowery, President PA Parks & Forests Foundation

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-09-14 09:21

    Rich in Harrisburg emails:

    We track dogs and cats ("Invisible Fence" collar shock yard barriers) better than we track PFA abusers. What technology is being used to keep PFA potential abusers a designated distance away from the PFA client ? An alarm would give the client advance time to escape (and even automatically dial 911).

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-09-14 09:21

    Manuel in Carlisle emails:

    Your guest has frequently, and repeatedly stated about “violence against women” and talked about stigma. She is, by her very words, perpetrating another stigma.

    I spent 20 years in an abusive relationship with a bi-polar and frequently violent woman. In the 80’s when I approached WIN and the police, they dutifully took reports, but you could tell they were judging by the very way the spoke to me. Men who are the victims are stigmatized more than women in the way they are looked at and treated. In this era, we need to realize violence happens between all sexes and all relationships.