Our val­ues not so un­usual af­ter all

The Modesto Bee (Sunday) - - Opinion -

Josh Harder’s vic­tory means Jeff Den­ham will soon be “for­mer” Rep. Den­ham. With Harder’s win, farmer Jeff’s fol­low­ers will have the op­por­tu­nity to learn more about the dreaded “San Fran­cisco and Bay Area Val­ues” that were fear­fully cited through­out Den­ham’s cam­paign.

As some­one who was born in Fresno, lived in San Fran­cisco while go­ing to school, and lived in the Bay Area for over 30 years be­fore re­turn­ing to the Val­ley, I have al­ways been puz­zled when some­one ex­pressed worry or dis­dain for the Bay Area’s val­ues.

The elec­tion re­sults in­di­cate busi­ness­man Den­ham’s sup­port­ers will dis­cover that val­ues such as pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment, af­ford­able health in­sur­ance cov­er­ing pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions, pro­grams to re­duce gun vi­o­lence, en­sure re­pro­duc­tive rights for women, ac­cep­tance of all peo­ple re­gard­less of color or sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion or coun­try of ori­gin; sup­port for civil rights and civil lib­er­ties, sup­port for pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion, and good and fair wages for work­ers are pretty good val­ues af­ter all.

With Harder and his fel­low Democrats in con­trol of the House, we hope to see the restora­tion of the checks and bal­ances cre­ated by the founders, a sys­tem that helps keep Amer­ica great. – Michael Clarke, Sal­ida

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