COLUMBIA — We need a representative in Washington that is willing to personify the diversity of Missouri. Todd Akin has made it quite clear that his views are very far from mainstream and seems to be willing to work solely for special interests to want to privatize Medicare and Social Security. He also wants to get rid of federal student loans, handing them over to the big banks instead. He has the right to his opinion, but Missouri needs a senator who is able to work with others who do not share the same perspectives.
We are fortunate to have had Sen. Claire McCaskill properly representing Missouri. I may not agree with Claire on everything, but I know she’s always willing to hear you and do what’s best for our state, regardless of whether it helps her party or not. That is an important reason to give her our support.
Branca Prentiss is a Columbia resident. Questions? Contact Opinion editor Elizabeth Conner.