The upcoming primary election to replace the late Rep. Paul Gillmor, R-Tiffin, is among several candidates that have very different definitions of the term conservative.
State Sen. Steve Buehrer voted againstthe 2003 budget that included the largest tax increase in Ohio history. Steve Buehrer also has a 100 percent pro-life voting record. Steve Buehrer has a 100 percent record, protecting our 2nd amendment rights, and has been designated a "Friend of Agriculture" by the Ohio Farm Bureau. Steve Buehrer was also awarded the Watchdog of the Treasury three different times!
Steve Buehrer has been endorsed by conservative organizations such as Club for Growth, Concerned Women for America PAC, Family First PAC, FreedomWorks, The National Taxpayers Union Campaign Fund, Citizens Opposed to Additional Spending & Taxes and the Liberty Committee. He has also received the endorsements of the Williams and Fulton county Republican central committees, and former Republican Majority Leader (and main author of the 1994 Contract with America), Dick Armey.
Why are all of these groups lining up in support of Steve Buehrer? Because he is clearly the candidate that will best represent the conservative values of our 5th Congressional District. Please join me in voting for Steve Buehrer as our next Congressman.
Mary J. Trausch
Editor's note: The primary election for candidates seeking to replace Paul Gillmor is Tuesday. A special election Dec. 11 will choose Gillmor's successor from among the party winners Tuesday.
GOP? Dems? All the same
Ohio is in a free fall from the past 16 years of tax cuts by the GOP. I thought Gov. Ted Strickland would be different and invest some of this so-called "excess" money in things like: latchkey programs for the children of working families, offsetting increases in the cost of Medicaid expenses for seniors in nursing homes, lowering tuition costs for students at Ohio's colleges and universities or in supplementary funding for student work-study programs at Ohio's colleges and universities. You know, Democratic initiatives, but I forgot, that Democratic Party is dead, and a new Democratic-GOP Party has arisen from its ashes.
The tax cuts enacted by the GOP amounted to a yearly night out at Pizza Hut for the vast majority of Ohioans, about $45, while the top 1 percent were able to go on vacation to Club Med on their tax cuts. I am really disappointed Strickland has decided to play politics with the futures of my children and grandchildren. They deserve better.
If I sound bitter, I am, for the people looking for change have obviously been misled, again. As someone who has lived and worked in this state all of my life except for four years overseas in the service, I say we are at our lowest point. I teach at college and can relate to you that students are pessimistic about the future in this state, and that is why they are leaving Ohio. I have lost my faith in the Democratic party and in our government to do the right thing for the people, instead of the political thing.
Patrick R. Saunders
Real cost of wind
You have asked for opinions about wind-generated power.
It would be valuable if it were at all competitive rather than dependent on the smoke-and-mirrors of grants, tax abatements, rebates and subsidies which obscure its real cost.