I have a gut-wrenching photograph etched into my memory: Greg Walden stands with Paul Ryan on his right and Trump on his left. In his hands he holds the bill to repeal Obamacare, which he is presenting to Trump. More than 20 million Americans, including many, many thousands in our Second District, would lose their health care if this bill had passed.

Obamacare is not perfect — nothing as huge and serious as universal health care is perfect in its first iteration. But the solution is not to gut a program that is working, but rather to work together to identify weaknesses and correct them so as to strengthen the system — not destroy it. This would be in the best interest of all Americans.

The Obamacare repeal attempt is an example of a thought process and approach that is foolish, retrogressive, simply party-line, and destructive to the needs of us, the ordinary people of our district.

Is Walden’s sort of “leadership” what we want for our district? Do we want more straight party-line rather than thoughtful representation to meet our needs?

I think not. We do not need this sort of work on our behalf and we can do better. We need a representative who actually represents us and our best interests, and we surely do not need more poor judgment of this quality — the issues we are facing are far to large and important.

Let’s get a fresh perspective and a new outlook to represent us. McLeod-Skinner can do the job.

Andrew A. Clark

Pendleton

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