It is no surprise, then, that the region’s legislative delegation has come out swinging in response to news that state officials plan to close both the State Correctional Institute at Retreat and the White Haven State Center. And while our state senators and representatives have a respectable history of working together across party lines to serve the region’s best interests, their bipartisan show of solidarity on this issue speaks volumes, especially for Democrats vociferously challenging a governor of their own party. Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Newport Township, was especially strong in his criticism of the administration. “These decisions are easy to make from behind a desk in Harrisburg when you don’t have to look those affected in the eyes or listen to their concerns,” Mullery said Wednesday. Gov. Tom Wolf and Corrections Secretary John Wetzel “need to visit Newport Township to see those whose lives they are disrupting and to hear, first-hand, the impact of this proposed decision,” Mullery said of SCI-Retreat’s proposed closure. We understand that civil servants likely performed the analysis and made the recommendations now under consideration. We also understand that the Depa...