Two great letters to the editor have appeared in the Topeka Capital-Journal over the last week or so responding to a nasty letter that ran that said Congresswoman Nancy Boyda and Congressman Dennis Moore aren't "pro-family." Well, someone has a pretty screwed up definition of what it means to be pro-family, as these two letters demonstrate:
Letter: Truly helping familiesKeep up the good work Nancy & Dennis!
Published Wednesday, April 30, 2008
A letter to the editor in the April 16 issue questioned the pro-family values of Reps. Nancy Boyda and Dennis Moore. I'm wondering what pro-family values the writers refer to.
A review of some of the for-family issues tackled by Boyda and Moore indicate they have worked on too many pro-family issues to list, but here are just a few:
• A badly and sadly needed bill on congressional ethics.
• Working against tax subsidies for oil companies already awash in record breaking profits.
• The Credit Card Holders Bill of Rights, to prevent credit card companies from arbitrarily increasing rates on card holders to as much as 24 percent.
• For improving funding for veterans benefits.
• Clearing up backlogs in veterans affairs and Social Security disability claims.
• The housing crisis (affects elderly savers, as the Fed rescued big banks and lenders, retirees have seen their CD rate of return plummet).
• Retirement of the KC-135 air tankers, saving millions of taxpayer dollars.
I suggest a broadening of what pro-family issues are, as many issues these worthy members of Congress and staff are working on benefit Kansas families. I commend them for standing tall and representing Kansas families instead of selfish interests outside of Kansas.
Now, a question: Why are so many contributions coming in from outside Kansas to help defeat Nancy Boyda and Dennis Moore?
Check the issues they support. You'll probably find the answer.
JIM MILLER, Topeka
Letter: Record looks good
Published Monday, April 28, 2008
The April 16 Capital-Journal included a letter from Charles and Rujira Rightmeier in which they chastise Reps. Nancy Boyda and Dennis Moore for their records on what the Rightmeiers call "pro-family votes."
They don't say what these issues were, but I'm sure they want the readers to assume that these were bills that we all would want passed when they may not have been. And they want the readers to help get these two out of office simply on the Rightmeiers' opinion of what is or isn't "pro-family."
Someone else could have written a similar letter lauding our good representatives for their superlative voting records on 16 "pro-Kansas" issues without providing any information on what constitutes "pro-Kansas."
We haven't kept track of how Rep. Moore votes since he isn't from our district, but we have on Rep. Boyda, and her voting has been consistently for the well-being of her constituency. She is hard-working and well-informed and always works for the good of Second District Kansans.
We believe it's time to commend Rep. Boyda and let her know we appreciate her devotion to Kansas and that we will all vote for her return to Washington in November.
DON AND GRETA ANDERSON, Topeka