After reading letters in The Statesman criticizing our elected officials, my question is: When are people going to stop voting against their own best interests? The Republican of today is not your 1960 or 1970 Republican. So many of today’s politicians do not care about We the People who elected them. Idaho Sen. Jim Risch does not seem to accept emails; his site seems to be always under repair. Sen. Mike Crapo replies to emails by informing me he represents citizens of Idaho but never answers direct questions. Republicans want to cut healthcare; all members of Congress have paid healthcare provided by We the People. Why do we pay for them and get shafted by them in return? Is this what we voted for? Now Rep. Raul Labrador, who does not believe people can die from lack of healthcare, wants to be governor. How many will vote for the “R” beside his name rather than the record of his actions, words and deeds? Please don’t vote against your own self-interest. Do your due diligence and know who you are voting for. When we vote, we should vote for a person, not a party, the parties have changed.
Joan Ehrnstein, Meridian
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