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Vail Daily letter: An independent choice

Jonathan Snowden
Vail, CO, Colorado

It seems most people blame the president for our problems. I agree the president is responsible for many things, but we tend to overlook Congress. I believe they are the most responsible elected officials for the direction of this country.

Pollingreport.com shows a poll taken by CBS and The New York Times on July 11-16 for Congress shows its approval rating is 12 percent. This is clearly a do-nothing Congress dominated by Republicans and Democrats who we continue to re-elect every election and expect different results.

A wise man once said, “Doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results is insanity.”

I used to vote by party, but now I do my own extensive research on the Internet and choose who will best represent me and my congressional district. I’m looking fors who will go to Washington and not sell out to lobbyists, but will work for the best interests of the people of their district who elected them.

A very informative website, votesmart.com, provides voting records on all candidates. I researched the candidates currently running for Congress in Colorado’s District 3, which covers most of Eagle County and the entire western half of Colorado.

The current congressman, Scott Tipton (Republican), voted for HR347, which will empower federal agents to arrest and bring felony criminal charges against citizens engaged in political protests anywhere in the USA. The First Amendment reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

When somebody takes an oath to uphold the Constitution, how could they vote for something so unconstitutional?

Next, I looked into the Democratic candidate, Sal Pace, a state representative. He voted against HB1130, a bill that authorizes courts to charge an individual who commits a crime against a pregnant woman that results in the death or injury of her fetus with homicide and assault in addition to charges for the underlying crime.

He voted yes on HB1193 for an Internet sales tax and voted yes on SB108, a bill to increase vehicle fees to fund transportation projects.

So who is left? Tisha Casida running Independent. She is a successful businesswoman who stands firm with protecting the Second Amendment, civil liberties, lower taxes, limited government and upholding the constitution.

I had the pleasure of meeting Tisha a few times in the recent months. She has strong convictions to go to Washington and represent the people of her district and to bring a strong independent voice to the Republicans and Democrats.

The Republicans and Democrats have controlled Congress for many years, and we see where that has led us. I challenge everyone to research casida2012.com. It’s extremely important for all voters to educate themselves on all candidates. I also encourage everyone to meet Tisha next time she is campaigning in Eagle County. You will see for yourself that she truly is the real deal!

Jonathan Snowden

Eagle


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