Our values not so unusual after all
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