An open letter to Jim Chmelik: You owe me an apology. You have insulted me with your letter to the editor of Feb. 15. As most everyone well knows, if they read the Free Press, I am a Democrat.
I am in favor of women having the right to make choices regarding their health but wish there were better choices; i.e., sex education, availability of contraception without religious onuses attached, insurance coverage of contraceptive devices.
I am in favor of helping those in need. I have been there, myself, and did not devolve into generational poverty.
I am in favor of public education. The voucher system allows families to abandon local school districts and families that can’t afford to choose. Local schools will get even less support from the state. Suspect homeschooling may become a problem, as well.
I am in favor of employed people paying taxes. I am not in favor of businesses receiving tax break after tax break, which allows more money to flow into the pockets of the owner with no returns to the employees or the community. Thanks to former Idaho Governor, now U.S. Senator, Risch’s tax slight-of-hand, Idaho businesses are exempt from paying a portion of their personal property tax, which leaves the homeowners to make up the difference with school levies.
I am in favor of clean water and air. Why wouldn’t I? That just doesn’t make any sense. Please explain.
I am an adult who pays taxes, volunteers in the community and I do not incite riots. I have close friends who have widely differing political viewpoints from my own. I respect their opinions and listen to them.
What exactly is your problem with Democrats, Jim? How is your letter anything but divisive? You were able to get insurance coverage for your entire family while you were commissioner. How is that different than welfare when the taxpayer pays the benefit? Do you listen to others? Is your church in favor of contraception? How much does your business pay in taxes?
Michelle S. Perdue