I am a Democrat, yet I try to retain an open mind. I know many good, sincere Republicans and I respect their points of view, though I often disagree with them.
Right now, I am troubled by our Congressional representative, Bob Goodlatte.
Congressman Goodlatte has been in office some 20 years, and I presume he has been representing us all that time. Yet I wonder if that is what he has really been doing.
Throughout the George W. Bush administration and for the last 3 1/2 years of the Obama administration, he has acted pretty much as a rubber stamp for the Republican Party. Rarely has he ventured an idea of his own or put forth a bill that would serve the valley. Oh, I know he promoted a balanced budget amendment, but he surely knew that such a proposal would go nowhere, and would simply provide the curious with evidence that he is actually working.
Now he has a great opportunity to come before the public and talk about his ideas, positions on major issues, and ways in which he can truly serve the 6th District: he can honor his pledge to debate the Democratic challenger, Andy Schmookler. Schmookler has invited him to participate in three debates in different parts of the District, but Goodlatte seems to come up with an unlimited collection of excuses why he can't do it. Scheduling problems, or he is too busy, or doesn't wish to do it before TV cameras or what? Is he simply afraid? Afraid of what? That we will learn that he doesn't have any position beyond what the party leaders tell him, or that Schmookler will ask him hard questions?
And he is our representative? Well, represent us, Bob. Get out there and debate and let us know what you are made of - unless you don't want us to know.
Donald H. Albright, Mt. Jackson