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November 3, 2017 · OPINION

Getting beyond the nasty rhetoric of our elections

By Lynne Richman Bell

There is nothing more troubling than to see cruel and often exaggerated or untrue rhetoric thrown back and forth between campaigns and individuals prior to an election.

This lack of civility detracts from our right, privilege and opportunity to choose those who oversee and develop policy for our states and our nation. We forget that our governments are designed to bring a balance of power through the separation of our executive, judicial, and legislative branches. This very effectively prevents the pendulum effect on policy and cultural characteristics.

Let’s keep it real. Whether or not a candidate is pro- or anti-abortion, believes in the right to bear arms, believes in the expansion of Medicaid or believes in streamlining the immigration process, no one elected official can singularly change policy under our government structure. They are able to attempt to turn the tide, but there is always a balance provided by the other powers. It is good to know each candidate’s stance on all issues but what is more important is at the core of each candidate’s belief system.

At the core, I believe in empowering and not enabling people. I believe that fiscal restraint by government is important and must be always measured. No government can run as efficiently as a privately run business. I believe in the power of the free market system.

I believe in the right to bear arms. I believe that a strong military is necessary in times of peace and to maintain peace. I believe that being solution-minded overcomes any obstacle. I believe in the rule of law.

I believe that all humankind is created equal, and all deserve equal opportunities for success — life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I believe we are not to judge the lives of others when we are unable to pluck the log from our own eye. I believe in civil discourse. 

I believe that all citizens deserve equal opportunities for education. This means that public schools, charter schools, private schools and homeschools should all be reasonably accessible. Private education contributes to our economy; it is a business, after all. Private and charter schools employ people and expand educational horizons based on the market and values of the communities they serve.

I believe in the divinely placed greatness in every individual. And finally, I recognize each individual, including each candidate, as a fearfully and wonderfully made being who deserves my respect. Just because one calls himself a Republican, does not mean he is a clone or puppet of President Trump. Just because one calls himself a Democrat does not mean that he is a clone of Hillary Clinton. We need to get beyond this.

This year on my ballot, I will wholeheartedly support Ed Gillespie, Jill Vogel, John Adams and Del. Mark Cole, as they most closely align with my personal belief system. I also encourage those in neighboring districts to support Dels. Michael Webert and Scott Lingamfelter. All of these candidates I trust to make the best decisions possible to preserve our Constitution, grow our economy, and enrich the culture and quality of life for our commonwealth.
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BJ · December 1, 2017 at 3:59 pm
Totally agree Miss B. Women are expected to plan everything, not only birth control but holidays, meals, childcare, school needs, household duties, vacations. Time to give them a break but until we get more women in positions of power or making a living wage it's not going to change anytime soon. Birth Control is a necessity, Viagra is not.
MissB · November 15, 2017 at 10:48 am
The burden of birth control falls solely on the backs of women and their pocketbooks. How is that fair?
So its okay to pay women less AND give them additional financial burdens that men don't have.

There is also the situation where those drugs are needed for health reasons not associated with birth control, but still not covered because its birth control.

All those people who want to defund planned parenthood are backwards. Increase funding and that will reduce the need for abortions. Abortion should be legal, safe and RARE.

How about they not provide coverage for Viagra and similar drugs? Although, its not nearly as burdensome as the costs for birth control.
TooTrue · November 9, 2017 at 11:45 am
I am not a democratic voter as a rule, once maybe in a lifetime, but must agree with Silii and Vogel being out of touch.
Observer · November 9, 2017 at 7:12 am
Silly, do some reading. Nobody is denying birth control - but they should pay for it themselves. The whole your post are lies and misinterpretations, you must be democrat.
Silii · November 8, 2017 at 8:25 pm
This article has a point about voting your beliefs. That's why Vogel went down in flames. Women came out by the thousands to let the government know that they don't want the government interfering with their personal decisions involving their reproductive systems. Women want birth control. They want to be able to terminate an nonviable pregnancy. they want accesss to women's clinics for gender-related health care. Vogel is off the charts regarding women's issues and voters told her so.
TooTrue · November 6, 2017 at 11:21 am
Sad but true BJ.
BJ · November 5, 2017 at 4:45 am
It is the lobbyists that control our government officials through their campaign contributions (bribes basically) to make decisions favorable to the lobbyists (i.e. NRA). Our politicians are bought and paid for by big money, and they have little choice but to pay the piper if they want to continue their jobs in politics. Unfortunately, all those beliefs you hold dear are up for sell to the highest bidder.
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