Reader: Schmookler's views on economy make sense
Monday night I had the pleasure of attending a political forum in Harrisonburg where the speakers were cogent, interesting, civil to one another and forceful in putting their positions forward. There were something like 150 people in attendance and they stayed there attentive and enthusiastic for 2 1/2 hours.
The speakers were Karen Kwiatkowski, who ran in the Republican primary in an effort to unseat Rep. Bob Goodlatte, and Andy Schmookler, Democrat, representing the Sixth District and now hoping to defeat Goodlatte.
Karen can best be described as a Libertarian; she believes in limited government, (getting rid of the Federal Reserve Bank, getting the government out of the schools, doing away with many of the departments of government, eliminating the income tax and replacing it with a sales tax, etc.) and seemed to believe that somehow the free market system would control the corporations and their mighty powers, and lead us all to a free and happy society.
Andy was articulate, fired up, and dealt with the real issues of the day in a strong, convincing presentation. His views on the economy made sense, as did his attacks on the big corporations and others using their money in an effort to control the Congress and to buy the presidential election. The Republicans in Congress were effectively chastised for their divide and conquer philosophy of governance. All in all, it was Andy's night and he appears ready for the challenge in November.
And our so-called Representative? Why, Mr. Goodlatte couldn't be bothered to attend and offer his views to his constituents. We were informed that he did not even bother to respond to the invitation.
Donald H. Albright, Mt. Jackson
Reader responds to online reader comment
In response to what Cindi wrote online about the woman who got 15 years in the double murder drug case. I have had a good friend die from overdosing on drugs, but do I think the person that sold them to him should be charged with murder? Absolutely not. He chose to take the drugs and killed himself.
Absolutely the dealer should be charged with distributing, but anyone who does drugs has free will as every human being does. I have taken any drug you could name and if I would have died it would have been my own fault, no one else's.
So "seriously," did this person hold them down and force them to take the drugs? That would be murder.
I think you just don't like the fact that drugs are a part of society and always will be. Illegal or not people will still want to get high. Just because you don't doesn't mean someone else doesn't. "Seriously," who are you to tell anyone what they can do to themselves? I don't eat dinner at your house. I was thrown into this world and will do to myself as I please, and will not ask you, Cindi, for permission.