Letter to the editor | ‘Problem Solver’ a misnomer

August 21, 2013 

U.S. Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson is a nice, affable fellow. But I hope this is not the reason the CDT gives him kudos for his declaration that he is now part of a “Problem Solver” group in Congress (“Group of legislators sparks hope for change,” CDT Aug. 11).

It is puzzling why Thompson is proudly sporting a “Problem Solver” button, because it is difficult to see exactly which major problems he is working to solve.

He denies that climate change is real and that our carbon-energy economy is the cause, ignoring scientific reality and the dire predictions for the future.

There is no bigger problem.

He has voted almost 40 times to gut or kill the Affordable Care Act, which, although not perfect, allows aobut 30 million uninsured Americans — and those with pre-existing conditions — access to health insurance. Thousands of people in his district will benefit.

He offers confusion and delays to curtail the SNAP program (food stamps), a kick in the stomach to those most needy, certainly thousands in his district.

He votes to gut the EPA, which is the only thing standing between us and polluted air, land and water.

He rarely holds open town hall meetings in State College with unscreened questions from the public to explain his positions and to tell us of all the great problems he is solving.

Pick any really serious problem we face and, despite his lapel button, you can count on “Problem Solver” Thompson being on the wrong side of it.

And that’s a real problem.

Bob Potter, Boalsburg

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