LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hartzler holds minority view

Friday, October 18, 2013 | 12:00 p.m. CDT; updated 12:48 p.m. CDT, Friday, October 18, 2013

To all citizens of the 4th Congressional District of Missouri:

Do you think tea party zealot, Vicky Hartzler, represents you? How is it possible that a once solidly democratic district in which Ike Skelton (moderate Democrat) was representative for decades has suddenly become an area held by the tea party faction of the Republican Party?

She is an avid defender of the Defense of Marriage Act, which the conservative Supreme Court has deemed unconstitutional. She has said publicly that she doubts Barack Obama is a U.S. citizen – she is a “birther.” She accepts government subsidies for agriculture and sees no contradiction in her zealous opposition to government intervention in the economy. Indeed, her farm is a beneficiary of these subsidies. She is an evangelical Christian who allows her religious beliefs to dictate her stands on policy. Her views are akin to those of a tiny minority of our country.

While she is hell-bent on destroying the country unless her minority views become the law of the land, she accuses the president (falsely) for doing the same.

How can we citizens of mid-Missouri, Republicans and Democrats alike, bring back democracy to our district?

Michael Ugarte is a Columbia resident.

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Skip Yates October 18, 2013 | 4:50 p.m.

Uh, Mr. Ugarte....she got elected by a majority of voters in the district in which she represents. That is why they are called "Representatives". Apparently, that confuses you.

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Tony Black October 22, 2013 | 7:41 a.m.

I beleive the term you are looking for, Michael, is gerrymandering. What part of that do you not understand, Skip?

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Michael Williams October 22, 2013 | 9:15 a.m.

Apparently, "gerrymandering" is a bad thing ONLY when republicans do it.

It's the only explanation I can think of why TonyB is silent when democrats do it.

To repeat a phrase from many liberals, "We won, you lost, get over it."

The phrase still applies.

Doesn't it?

(PS: Or maybe the phrase should just be abandoned by all parties as "unhelpful".)

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Tony Black October 22, 2013 | 9:54 a.m.

Funny, I don't remember placing blame on any party. I guess it's a "what he REALLY means is" statement from Michael. Gerrymandering produces representatives who don't represent everyone in their district. I know they never do, but the results are considerably lopsided to one side or the other when they do gerrymander. I would guess the majority of Columbians don't side with Hartzler, but the rest of the district does. I could be wrong, tho.

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Michael Williams October 22, 2013 | 10:28 a.m.

"Gerrymandering produces representatives who don't represent everyone in their district."

Tony, representatives automatically represent everyone in their district. Gerrymandering simply changes where folks vote and their choices. Dems do it, Repubs do it, in line with the ol' adage "The winner sets the rules. Everyone else gripes." It's your turn to least in this district.

But, perhaps you mean "misrepresents", as in "You don't share my beliefs and therefore are not a good representative for me."

For example, Claire McCaskill represents me in the US Senate, but she misrepresents me and does not reflect my positions.

You ever think about the possibility that I might think of McCaskill like you think of Hartzler? How do you think I feel that virtually every City of Columbia office holder has been, and will likely remain, a democrat in the entire 43 years I've lived hereabouts? Do these folks represent me at the city level? (A: Yes). Do they misrepresent my positions? (A: Again, yes).

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Tony Black October 22, 2013 | 11:14 a.m.

Ummm, Thats what I said. Sorry if I didn't articulate it well. My mother used to say "well, he's not my president", even though he was. You know what I meant but some folks just gotta be ........

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