To the Editor:
I’m sorry to read Mr. Harfst (letter May 13, 2014) is unsatisfied with Sen. Linares’ voting record. I am quite pleased with it myself.
Senator Linares understands what raising the minimum wage does to small businesses. He understands in this abysmal economy, forcing small business owners to pay a higher minimum wage can mean forcing them to cut low-wage jobs in order to stay afloat. Otherwise the businesses go under, and then who does that help? If Mr. Harfst believes those in menial jobs deserve higher pay, why stop at $10.10? Why not go to $15? How about $25 as the Swiss have proposed? Low skill jobs were never intended to be the highlight of one’s career. They were to be rungs in the ladder to help them achieve a higher ambition. My own children did unpaid internships, worked for less than minimum wage in jobs during the summers, and now, as adults, they all have careers they busted their tushes to attain. That’s the way our system is supposed to work. People get rewarded for hard work done well.
Absentee ballots have been abused over the years. With all the volunteers who are willing to drive people to the polls and the long hours the polls are open, it’s hard to believe people can’t get themselves to the polls one way or another. It’s called personal responsibility.
Gun safety laws (i.e., gun control) after a tragedy like Sandy Hook help the population feel as though they’re doing something good after such a horrific event, however all the laws already on the books at the time of the tragedy didn’t prevent it. Maybe if people at the school had been armed, someone may have been able to stop the perpetrator before he killed so many innocents. We don’t read of the crimes stopped and people saved by armed citizens with concealed carry permits because those kinds of reports don’t fit the liberal narrative. Personally, I feel safer thinking there might be someone in the shopping mall, theater, or restaurant who, at a moment’s notice, could fend off a madman.
And, speaking of the Constitution, I assume Mr. Harfst is for it. I assume he enjoys the freedoms it assures. If he is, then he is a Tea Partier. Welcome! Tea Party members, like me, believe in protecting the document that has been the envy of people all over the world, hence the reason so many want to become Americans.
As far as Sen. Linares voting “no” to certain legislation, I’m sure his reasons were as valid for his no vote as Mr. Harfst’s party’s reasons for voting for it. As Justice Antonin Scalia says, and I’m paraphrasing, “Our system is set up to have roadblocks when it comes to legislation. It helps prevent bad bills from being passed. If both sides finally agree on a bill, it’s probably a good bill.” I trust Sen. Linares to represent his constituents by using his judgment as to whether a bill is good or bad. I also find it sad Mr. Harfst considers Sen. Linares’ “exploits” like supporting toy drives and hosting flag collections as unworthy endeavors. I doubt the children who receive the toys or the patriots who know their tattered flags will be disposed of properly consider these events a waste of time. And for him to vote “no” on even higher gas prices, I say “YAY”! They’re already some of the highest taxes in the country and any increase hurts most the aforementioned low-wage earners Mr. Harfst presumes to want to help.
Senator Linares is continuously meeting, speaking to, and most of all, listening to his constituents so he can do the work they want him to do. In other words, he’s doing exactly what he was elected to do.