Letter to the Editor: Letter didn’t note notorious actions by House-led GOP


The mid-term elections approach. They will determine control of the U.S. House and Senate. They are widely considered to provide a referendum on the Trump administration.

In a letter to the editor of this newspaper published on Aug. 8, John Massoud, of Strasburg, tells about Ben Cline, a veteran member of the Virginia House of Delegates from the valley. He is the Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from the 6th District of the commonwealth. Cline is running because long-time Representative Bob Goodlatte is retiring. John states that most importantly, Cline is a good husband and father and is John’s good friend. Given the character of the president, these qualities should rank highest with a Republican activist.

John finds Cline’s Democratic opponent Jennifer Lewis “has no resume other than to organize protests.”  Given the performance of many GOP officeholders, it is likely that this well-recognized talent of Jennifer’s would prove sufficient to win in this year’s election. However, John’s conclusion is wrong. Jennifer is a health care professional. She has served as chair of the Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Board for eight years. She has volunteered in various organizations serving youth. The voters appreciate her; she has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Soil and Water Board in Augusta County, an agency highly valued for agriculture and the environment.

John’s letter lists some of the measures associated with Delegate Cline. John forgot to include notorious actions associated with the GOP-led House. For years they refused to expand the paid for Medicaid program to cover as many as 400,000 Virginians without health insurance. They have regularly devised fictional reasons for chipping away at women’s rights established decades ago. And they have wrongly deprived countless citizens of the right to vote.

Now, a word about the fall referendum on Trump. Some voters liked his talk of “draining the swamp in Washington.”  Did they also anticipate that he would replace it by a sewer? Should have! Vast evidence indicated it long before the 2016 election.

Bob Lowerre, Strasburg