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Letter To Editor: "You Have A Choice"

From The Marietta Times - Sept. 15, 2022

- Dear Editor:

As a critical voter, I know that many people look carefully at the candidates and policies and not particularly at the party they represent. In November, all voters need to consider the following about Ohio and the current and incumbent candidates: According to US News and World Report 2021 Here is how Ohio Ranks among the states:

Health Care- 37th

Education 31th

Economy 34th

Infrastructure 29th

Fiscal Stability 24th

Crime and Corrections 32th

Natural Environment 44th

Overall 36th out of 50 states.

Additionally, the FBI has called our state officials “The Number One “ most corrupt state government in the Nation based on several corruption cases that are headed to court or have resulted in the arrest of state officials. Tone of the latest is the Ohio nuclear bribery scandal (2020), a political scandal involving the utility company FirstEnergy. On-going is the egregiously Gerrymandered legislative districts. Previously, in this administration, dark money from special interests groups paid politicians to allow ECOT, an online school system, to collect about $1 billion in state taxpayer money. Additionally, the "Coingate" scandal involved a $50 million investment in rare coins and memorabilia by a prominent GOP fundraiser, Tom Noe, on behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation. It is time to stop this and put adults with ethics in charge.

Voters, please consider carefully for whom you are voting for in Nov. Any Republican politician holding a seat has probably been involved in one of the above scandals, including Gov. DeWine, or has supported bills that have hurt the middle class in congress. Let your conscience guide you when you vote.

This upcoming election is one of the most important for our State and for our Nation. The Republicans have made a mess of our state. The only way to change this is to change officials. This is our opportunity to improve Ohio and our country. Please vote, and vote Blue in Nov. 2022. It is time the elected officials responded to the needs of Ohio citizens and not to big money. We need you this November!

Locally, our representative to Congress, Bill Johnson, has voted NO on the following bills among several others: 1. Wildfire Response and Drought Resiliency Act, 2. Assault Weapons Ban of 2022, 3. to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to extend telehealth flexibilities under the Medicare program, 4. Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, Rural Development, Energy and Water Development, Financial Services and General Government, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2023, 5. Respect for Marriage Act, 6. Ensuring Women’s Right to Reproductive Freedom Act, 7. Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022, 8. a voluntary, opt-in pilot program for the purpose of suicide prevention and 9. Active Shooter Alert Act of 2022.

Vote for Lou Lyras- You Have a Choice!

Joy Cowdery


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