To the editor,
What do we really know about Brendan Doherty?
We know he is a retired colonel in the Rhode Island State Police. We know his wife believes him to be a loving husband and doting father. These things are commendable. But Brendan Doherty has admitted that, if elected to represent the First Congressional District in Rhode Island, he will support the policies and agenda of the Romney-Ryan ticket. That means ensuring that Boehner, Ryan and Cantor remain in power to continue to advance their agenda, regardless of how Mr. Doherty might vote on specific bills. That, to me, is a very, very scary thought.
While Romney-Ryan claim they will not destroy Social Security and Medicare as we know it, they also are considering administering a voucher system for our seniors (I admit that I am one of them) and allowing younger folk to invest their money in the stock market instead of paying into Social Security. I have heard from people far more expert than I that a voucher system will cost senior citizens more and they will get less. And what will happen to those of the younger generation if this so-called investment system fails? They haven’t paid into Social Security; do they get left out in the cold when they become old because they were forced to participate in something untried and very risky if it fails? Are they allowed to collect Social Security if they haven’t contributed? Scary thought.
I listened to Mr. Doherty’s sound-bite following the primary election results. When asked if he planned to follow Anthony Gemma’s agenda in attacking David Cicilline, he stated that he planned on sticking to the issues, and then proceeded to tell us that those issues dealt with Congressman Cicilline’s alleged failings two years ago while mayor of Providence. This is old business, this has been addressed sufficiently, and we need to move on. The Congressman has been in Washington for two years, has an established record representing us in the Capitol, and has numerous concrete ideas to move Rhode Island forward. What does Mr. Doherty offer? He has no track record as an elected official by which we may judge his approach or his thinking process. He is a blank slate and I am certain that it is not in our best interest to gamble on the unknown for such a high level elective office. Scary thought.
I know there are people out there who do not like David Cicilline. I have spoken with some of them. When I ask them why, the answers are often vague, but most will admit it is because of what they perceive were the Congressman’s costly mistakes in Providence. Previously, I had written that as mayor, Mr. Cicilline played only a small part in Providence’s financial woes; he inherited a corrupt city government deep in debt, the governor made deeps cuts to funding for all cities and towns, and the national economy was spiraling downward. The city council holds the fiduciary responsibility for the city. And, contrary to what Mr. Doherty believes, the Congressman has already apologized for his choice of words describing the state of Providence.
So, get over it, folks! This election is too critical to become a popularity contest! We need to re-elect Congressman Cicilline. If you wish to maintain sovereignty over your body, if you do not want someone else to dictate who you may or may not love, if you are a senior citizen, a woman of any age, a pro-labor supporter or active union member, a hard-working member of the declining middle class, a student relying on a Pell Grant, and you have no faith in trickle-down economics to resolve your finances, you simply cannot vote to send another Republican to Congress!
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To the editor,