Letter: Rep. Labrador

July 7, 2014 

Labrador retrievers are exceptional family pets. They are gentle and, if trained, work joyfully with their owners when hunting for fowl. I'm trying to remember how our foul ball Labrador came to be elected to the U.S. House. Guess we neglected to ascertain that he was fully house-trained because he managed to chair a disastrous GOP convention in Moscow in which nothing was done, not even a party platform. At the same time, this novice filled the media with his determination to run for House majority leader. Well, he lost badly: both the national leadership position and control of the GOP Idaho convention.

Did you catch the vote on HR 4870 in the U.S. House? This bill, critical to keeping the A-10 Warthog as a close-air support plane and Gowen Field open, passed on a vote of 340-73. Guess who voted "no" on this bill. Yep, our faithful Labrador. (The White House strongly opposes this bill, just like Labrador.) Rep. Mike Simpson voted "yes."

I know some of you don't like the jet noise, but losing jobs at Gowen won't get rid of civilian jets.

Sandy Pitts, Mountain Home

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