Editor: I went to the town hall with Boysko, Umstadtt and Gooditus thinking this was going to be about accomplishments, que the music.
After short introductions and thanks these three took questions. One question was about improvements to I-81 the ladies blamed the Republicans for wanting to keep diesel fuel and diesel truck registrations low over the safety of the road users. Imagine that.
Another question was about gun safety the ladies proceeded to tell us 70 bills gun bill including red flag were blocked by Republicans that would have made the public safer. Bang.
Another was Boysko telling us parental leave could be done at zero cost. How, you might ask? Well she was going to make the employees pay for parental leave insurance at a 50-50 rate with the employers who by my calculation would pass this cost of business onto the taxpayer. Ka-ching!
Political footballs, like the red-herring ERA vote that failed, would have accomplished nothing, blamed once again on Republicans. Headline: Bad Republicans. Jim Burton was blamed for being a intimidating presence in the General Assembly because of his size. WWE anyone?
Safety net issues were talked about and only Umstattd was concerned with the cost for affordable housing, opioid and alcohol rehab center and those with disabilities—safety net issues that require tax dollars.
We were preached at about civil discourse, but if you insult me in a civil and kind way it is still an insult and I fear this was the last town hall I will attend. People I worked and voted for were made to be scapegoats for the lack of quality bills and lack of legislative experience displayed by our representatives to the General Assembly this session. We have a chance to undo some of the harm from the last election. We have all stars this time around and records to prove the lack political acumen of the incumbents Boysko and Gooditus. We have candidates like Fox, Minchew, McMunn, Sisson, Volpe, Newcomer, Beatty, Turgeon and Whitbeck, all better than their opponents.
Jonathan Erickson, Sterling