The Star Democrat - - OPINION -

Coun­try be­fore party

Re­cently, there was a front page story about Con­gress­man Harris vis­it­ing a com­pany in Cam­bridge. I re­called his visit to my com­pany in 2010 when he stopped by my of­fice unan­nounced. He said he was run­ning for Con­gress. He said he would work on be­half of small busi­nesses. It did not take long in con­ver­sa­tion be­fore I re­al­ized he knew al­most noth­ing about how busi­nesses op­er­ate, but he seemed eager so I of­fered him a tour of our veg­etable pack­ing plant. He de­clined. I never heard from him again. In fact, he has been prac­ti­cally ab­sent for eight years in prop­erly rep­re­sent­ing our district.

What galls me most is re­ceiv­ing fly­ers from his of­fice these past three months not­ing all his “ac­com­plish­ments.” The lat­est reads, “Andy Harris fights to pro­tect our great trea­sure.” It’s just not true. Time af­ter time he has voted against leg­is­la­tion that would pro­tect our wa­ter­ways and voted for dis­man­tling pro­tec­tions.

As a reg­is­tered In­de­pen­dent for the past 50 years who votes for the per­son and not the party, I’ve tried to keep an open and cu­ri­ous mind and travel to the beat of my own drum. I be­lieve we are still a coun­try of mod­er­ates and sad­dened to see how mod­er­ates of both par­ties have been marginal­ized by the far right and the far left.

In this up­com­ing elec­tion I will ex­er­cise my priv­i­lege in this great coun­try and vote for Jesse Colvin to rep­re­sent our district. I also plan to sup­port Larry Ho­gan, Ad­die Eckardt and Johny Mautz, who show up, stand up and earn our votes. I may not agree with ev­ery po­si­tion they take, but know them as in­di­vid­u­als who truly work to bet­ter our com­mu­ni­ties by bring­ing peo­ple to­gether in all of our best in­ter­ests.


Harris dis­mis­sive of women

This is the first time I have writ­ten a let­ter to the edi­tor of a news­pa­per be­fore, but I feel com­pelled to do so now. Re­cently Andy Harris com­mented in a ra­dio in­ter view on the al­le­ga­tions of Dr. Chris­tine Blasey Ford. He said “she is a trou­bled woman... and she ad­mits it, she has psy­cho­log­i­cal prob­lems.” He called her claim false, and a com­plete char­ac­ter as­sas­si­na­tion. His dis­mis­sive at­ti­tude is dis­re­spect­ful to all women who have been vic­tims of sex­ual as­sault, or ha­rass­ment, or know one who has. Harris voted no on reau­tho­riz­ing the Vi­o­lence Against Women Act.

It is for these rea­sons I think the women of this district, re­gard­less of po­lit­i­cal party, should vote Andy Harris out and cast their vote for his op­po­nent Jesse Colvin.


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