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April 4, 2014
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Letter: Elect politicians receptive to the needs of Douglas County residents

Vote for those who serve us

The political season is fast approaching and I’d like to ask a question. Why do some voters vote against their own best interest?

If they want a smaller, less intrusive government, why elect politicians who will tell them what they can and cannot do in their own bedrooms? If they want safe affordable heath care, why vote in politicians who close down planned parenthood clinics? If they want fewer abortions, why vote in politicians who vote against birth control for women, poor women in particular? Why vote in politicians who will fight for the life of the fetus and then squander that life in a wasteful war?

If they want a living-wage job, why vote in politicians who advocate “right to work” laws and destruction of unions? If they received a free K – 12 education at a local school, why do they vote in politicians who take money from the public school system and give it to for profit charter schools while using public school facilities?

They say they want a secure retirement in their old age; then why do they want to vote in politicians who would privatize their Social Security or give tax breaks to those who don’t need them? If they want our Oregon lumber mills to be more profitable, why allow whole uncut logs to be sent to Asia?

If they want politicians to be more receptive to the needs of “We the People,” why vote in people who are bought and paid for by billionaires, millionaires and hedge fund operators? I’m just asking.

Sharon D. Rice


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