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Ten years ago, Cathy Roemer swore if she were elected, her main priority was to update Jerome County’s Comprehensive Plan. I served on the 1994 commission, the last time it was updated, 24 years ago, and it is not an easy task but it doesn’t take 10 years. Why would you re-elect someone who has not completed their most important promise to the people?

Decade after decade, the Times-News endorses the same type of person to represent us without acknowledging the fact that those endorsements haven’t led to more local control, a living wage for low-income workers or more personal freedom. Example, Lee Heider, the main defender of a so-called religious group that, by Idaho law, can allow their children to die from lack of simple medical care, violated the open-meeting law when he stopped the CBD oil bill from becoming law. The hypocrisy he practices to allow children to die while denying medical relief to epileptic children on the other hand, all because his hero Butch Otter also doesn’t like a non-marijuana medicine is disgusting and inhuman.

Idaho’s repeat representatives keep us last in education, requiring us to pass bonds and levies, waste millions of taxpayer dollars while claiming fiscal conservatism ($4500 a month of your money for Otter to live in his own house). As they claim to be anti-tax, they raise the taxes that common people have to pay like car registrations but don’t apply those raised taxes to the needs of the people. If you and the Times-News define those actions as representative of the health, safety and welfare of the public, their constitutional duty, you have a strange definition of what representative government is. Vote for the mavericks, they can’t do any worse than what we have now.

Lee Halper

Hagerman

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