Letter to the editor | Not representing the poor

February 13, 2014 

Every single time U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Howard Township, has a chance to vote for legislation that would protect the public or the average working person, you can count on him to vote against it.

The most recent example: According to Monday’s CDT, after a reckless company poisoned the drinking water of 300,000 people in Charleston, W.Va., Thompson voted against very mild regulations that would help prevent such occurrences in the future.

This is part of a consistent pattern. You can always count on Thompson to put the interests of corporations and the rich ahead of the majority of voters in this district.

It gets worse.

By cutting food stamps, the Republican Party has been taking food out of the mouths of the hungry. Republicans have stabbed unemployed workers in the back by refusing to extend unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed. This, at a time when there are three people looking for work for every job that is available.

This isn’t just bad policy. It’s downright immoral. Hurting the poor goes against the teachings of every religion I’ve ever heard of.

Robert Baillie, State College

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