Letter to the Editor for November 18

Reader: Myrick puts herself before constituents

Editor,

On Veterans Day, it is important to remember and honor the great sacrifices of those who have made our freedoms possible. Far too often, we forget how truly blessed and fortunate we are to live in the United States of America. Through the years, men and women have laid down their lives so we can live free. As such, we have a duty to protect these hard fought gains and not squander or diminish these incredible opportunities bequeathed to us as Americans. Clearly, this applies particularly strongly to elected members of Congress, and that is why I am writing.

Congresswoman Sue Myrick abruptly canceled her appearance at four separate 10th anniversary events of the 9/11 attacks.  She claimed she was the intended target of international terrorists.  She even claimed to having worn a bulletproof vest. Personally, I thought she was nuts, intentionally lying and had canceled her appearances simply because she would no longer be representing those areas in her new congressional district, which was re-drawn due to the latest Census.

I believed then, and still believe today, Sue Myrick flat out lied to the voters and simply blew off the 9/11 10th anniversary events because those attending would no longer be her voters come the 2012 election.  I am a very active member of the Republican Party and as such, have recently received a request to attend a public fundraising event for Sue Myrick, who is running for re-election to Congress for the 16th year in a row.  I had also been invited to a Sept. 18 fundraiser for her.

How can she have fundraisers when she needs to wear a bulletproof vest and is a target of international terrorists? Perhaps the way she claims to be for balanced budgets, when she in fact voted to raise the debt-ceiling cap in 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2011. She has consistently put her own self-interests and financial desires above the district’s and nation’s, and I find that reprehensible.

When Sue Myrick was first elected to Congress, we had a budget surplus and were paying down the nation’s debt.  Since she’s been there, the debt’s grown by more than $10 trillion, as she voted to raise the debt-ceiling cap during eight separate years.  She took pay raises and money from special-interest groups, lobbyists and political action committees, all beneficiaries of increased budgets, It is unconscionable.  Sue Myrick repeatedly lied to the voters and sold us out for her own self-interests.

Bill McManus, Davidson


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