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PA: Pennsylvania community leaders deserve appreciation for giving second chances

[floridaactioncommittee.org]

Recently, the Spartansburg, Pennsylvania community made national headlines by re-electing their fire chief, who happened to be a registered sex offender. Sadly, the newly re-elected chief resigned over the publicity, but many have stood behind him even in the wake of the negative publicity.

A local news station, WJAC, featured another Pennsylvania community that had a similar situation, but chose to handle it in a more humane, compassionate way, that will undoubtedly benefit their entire community.

Chief Paul Demi of the Spangler Fire Company said of one of their volunteer firefighters who had a sex offense in his past, “I can’t imagine, if we as a company, didn’t give him the second chance.” He continued, “anyone who puts application in, we usually give them opportunity, unless there’s something in present going on. We really haven’t had any issues doing it that way,”

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  1. PA State Rep falls shorts still

    The state rep, who says he is a Christian, is still judging by not giving ALL a second chance through forgiveness 70×7 it says in the good book of Matthew (New Testament). He will be judged on his own merits and his falling short here. Giving him props on partial credit is window dressing at best for a foggy window.

    • Alec

      I understand your sentiment, but this is the kind of behavior we should be encouraging, not saying “thanks but no thanks, loser.” They DO deserve thanks because taking a principled stand on this issue is incredibly hard and requires a Herculean effort even to say what they did say. Let’s celebrate that and hope it inspires others to do the same.

      Even an avalanche starts with a single snowflake.

  2. Critical mass

    The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

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