It is becoming increasingly clear that the Democrats in Congress have, essentially, "flipped the bird" to the American public by refusing to allow a vote on offshore drilling. Sadly, included in this group is our Ninth District representative, Marcy Kaptur.
I find if mind-numbingly hard to believe just how out of touch she has become to the needs of her constituents. The high price of oil has decimated the auto industry, a principal constituent of hers. It has also sent the airlines flying into a sea of red ink. And it has driven up the price of food, the price of chemicals used to make plastics and many other materials, and the operating costs of rail and truck transportation.
Yesterday I received my new budget billing amount from Columbia Gas. My home heating monthly cost is up a whopping 29 percent for the 2008-09 heating season.
The Democrats' refusal to address anything meaningful since gaining control of Congress in 2006, except for the 7 1/2 -year running visceral hatred of George W. Bush, has, in my opinion, rendered them incapable of applying common sense to anything but the trivial, such as naming post offices.
Please let Congresswoman Kaptur know that you are tired of her loyalties to the fringe elements that have captured the Democratic Party today, and tell her to start paying attention to the needs of the people she represents. Those needs do not include waging class warfare or demonizing energy producers, pharmaceutical companies and other industries simply for power. Call either her Toledo office, toll free at 800-964-4699, or her Washington D.C. office at 202-225-4146.
Representative Kaptur gets a five-week vacation while we stay home because we cannot afford either the vacation or the high cost to get someplace. Is this really how our system of government is supposed to work?
Stephen N. Bowen