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Letters to the Editor

Responds to endorsement of Congressman Kinzinger

It was no surprise to see the across-the-board Republican endorsements by the Shaw newspapers, However, the endorsement of Adam Kinzinger warrants a response.

It’s one thing to dance tenderly around his blind support of Donald Trump, including Trump’s maddeningly destructive tariffs, and to give Kinzinger cover for the valid criticism of his abject refusal to meet with his constituents.

(In addition to a private fundraiser, the only time I’m aware of his presence in Bureau County this year was an unannounced 15-minute pop in with a selected group of safe “community leaders” where he had the audacity to declare that congressional Republicans had NEVER impeded any of President Obama’s programs or efforts.)

Or, indeed, to not call him out for joining with his fellow Republicans in declaring that not only do they favor coverage for pre-existing conditions, but that they have ALWAYS favored this position, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary.

Yet, even beyond these embarrassments, what particularly annoyed me was the Shaw Media concluding its ill-considered and largely unsupported endorsement by stating, “We think Kinzinger best matches with the views of the 16th District.”

I suppose this is your bailout when you have little positive to say about your candidate, but what presumption! It’s the newspaper’s job to tell its readers what the paper’s editorial board or publisher thinks, hopefully backed by sound reasoning. It is not the paper’s place to tell its readers what it thinks the readers think or value. We’re perfectly capable of handling that ourselves, thank you very much.

In coming to their own conclusions, I hope the voters of the 16th District will give Sara Dady a fair consideration. You can best do this by consulting her web site at SaraDadyforCongress.com, or indeed, meet her in person this Sunday at the Prouty Building in downtown Princeton from 3 to 5 p.m. after she has spent several hours canvassing.

I’m very impressed with her. I hope you will be, too.

Stephen H. Gunning

Princeton

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