Bishop won't help vets, won't work across the aisle

Nov 1 2012 - 1:21pm

Editor,

I am a WWII Veteran and I had the pleasure of visiting with Donna McAleer at my home in Coalville this week. I have long believed that America would be better off with more veterans serving in Congress, and I urge Utahns in District 1, to send Army veteran Donna McAleer to Congress. In the wake of two major conflicts overseas, we need to make sure our heroes receive the benefits they earned and deserve when they return home.

In 1995, I moved to Coalville, Utah. Previously while living and working as a banker in Mackay, Idaho I served as chair of the Republican Party in Custer County for several years in the early 1960's. In my 85 years, I have been a banker and a rancher. I have seen so many of the Republican policies and witnessed how they have been harmful and detrimental to this country and our families. We are fighting two wars on borrowed money and by lowering taxes. No country should go to war unless we the citizens are going to support a draft and taxes are raised to pay for it. Less than 1 percent of our population has served or is serving.As I have researched Rob Bishop's record on supporting veterans, and it is less than impressive. He received a "0 percent" rating from the Vietnam Veterans of America in 2011, and a "D" from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America in 2010. His record includes votes against a pay raise for deployed troops, job assistance for returning vets, and increased funding for educational opportunities.

In his long slog in Congress, Bishop has demonstrated clearly, his inability to work across the aisle. He voted in lockstep with President Bush and Vice President Cheney. And now he is hoping to get re-elected on the coat tails of Mitt Romney. Let's send someone to Congress who is actually willing to work and fight for veterans, seniors and students.

McAleer took an oath of service to this country long ago, and I know having worn the uniform that she will honor the service of our men and women in uniform when they return home.

I urge you to send Donna McAleer, a proven leader and military veteran, to Congress this November 6. She will fight for us, focus on the mission, and put Utah first.

Victor Rainey

Coalville

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