Letter: Drug law will save lives

The News Journal | Letter to the Editor | by Bonnie & Chuck Yeatman We want to thank Rep. John Kowalko for the tireless effort and time he put into sponsoring House Bill 331. This bill requires physicians to obtain informed, written parental consent prior to prescribing specific mind-altering drugs (including “benzos”) to teens. The parent will be given a form that explains, in layman’s terms, possible life-threatening risks to minors using the drug for the first time. This groundbreaking legislation has the potential to save teen lives; we were […]

Kowalko: News Journal Editor’s statement out of line

The News Journal | Letter to the Editor | by Rep. John Kowalko In an obvious misrepresentation of the truth, you make statements in today’s article, “Mike Feeley, executive editor of The News Journal, said the news organization will not be deterred by threats of legal action,” that show that you have apparently not read the letter (from Rep. Williams and myself sent to Attorney General Denn) or you are deliberately misinterpreting the content and intent of the letter. Nowhere in that letter does it state or allude to any legal action […]

Kowalko: Davies endorsement

Delaware State News | Letter to the Editor | by Rep. John Kowalko It is not often that I choose to make an endorsement in a primary election, but sometimes a candidate stands out from the rest and earns my recognition and support. An individual of impeccable integrity, experience, and intelligence best describes Kathleen Davies. Ms. Davies stands above the others in my opinion and will administer the affairs and responsibilities of the auditor’s office with an exceptional consideration for fairness and honesty. I am proud to endorse Kathleen Davies […]

Kowalko: Governor’s secrecy hurts public trust

The News Journal | Letter to the Editor | by Rep. John Kowalko This governor’s unwillingness to engage and inform the public in matters of significant importance to their quality of life, such as the decision to remove the Rodney Square bus hub, is a violation of the public trust. Implying that some conveniently created policy of “executive privilege” exists is inexcusably wrong. Without full transparency and openness in the government’s decision-making processes, we as legislators cannot and should not expect to have the public’s confidence and trust in the […]

Don’t buy the corporate spin. ‘Budget smoothing’ means budget cuts.

The News Journal | Opinion | by Rep. John Kowalko The usual suspects of corporate propagandists are at it again, disingenuously arguing for budget cuts under the guise of revenue stabilization. House Bill 460, supported by these corporate lobbyists in an article published in the Sunday News Journal, is an attempt to pass a Grover Norquist conservative dream version of a “balanced budget amendment.” The proposed constitutional change would establish budgetary constraints to force the services and programs of the most vulnerable Delawareans onto the chopping block regardless of the […]

Listen to the public: Restore the Rodney Square bus hub

The News Journal | Delaware Voice | by Rep. John Kowalko & John Flaherty On Dec. 17, Delaware’s transit agency, DART, dismantled the bus hub at Rodney Square in Wilmington at the urging of Gov. John Carney. Removing a bus hub and the bus stops located there is an action that has never before been done across America, as far as we know. Many bus riders reacted with outrage when the proposal was announced. Now, DART passengers face daily disruption as they endure walking several city blocks to make their […]

Warning: There is no budget surplus in Delaware

Delaware State News | Opinion | by Rep. John Kowalko With the governor’s proposed budget scheduled to be unveiled today and in light of recent Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC) reports purportedly showing an uptick in revenues, it is incumbent upon me, as an elected official, to alert the taxpaying public to the reality and complexity of Delaware’s economic situation. While increased revenue projections might appear to be welcome news, a number of factors should be considered in the final analysis. The specifics of the revenue gains and […]

Corporate tax cuts are undermining Delaware’s budget

The News Journal | Delaware Voice | by Rep. John Kowalko With the Governor’s proposed budget scheduled to be unveiled in less than a week, and in light of recent Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC) reports purportedly showing an uptick in revenues, it is incumbent upon me, as an elected official, to alert the taxpaying public to the reality and complexity of Delaware’s economic situation. While increased revenue projections might appear to be welcome news, a number of factors should be considered in the final analysis. The specifics […]

Kowalko: Delaware school board legislation is a ‘travesty’

Delaware State News | Opinion | by Rep. John Kowalko On occasion, legislation is written and offered that is so obviously misguided in its intentions and presents such an overt attempt to manipulate the legitimacy of the democratic voting process that it is incumbent upon me to expose it to the public. Any other reaction could result in an injustice being perpetrated on the voting public compromising its wishes expressed at the ballot box. This recent piece of legislation circulated for signatures is a prime example of such a travesty. […]

Letter: Operation rigged in favor of Corporate America

Delaware State News | Letter to the Editor | by Bill Clemens Once again, State Rep. John Kowalko, representing the Newark area, deserves kudos for his Sept. 13 letter to the editor titled, “Delaware inflicting economic genocide on middle class?” John shed more enlightenment on crony political capitalism. He has continued to be the shepherd trying to lead the flock to greener pastures so more people could have some greenbacks to munch on. However, too many politicians continue to make undercover deals with the lobbyists to continually increase profits for […]