Voters Want Facts Not Fluff

It’s interesting to see what those writing letters to the editor in support of a particular candidate include and what they leave out.

An April 10 Centre Daily Times letter supporting Fred Keller, the Republican candidate for the open 12th Congressional District seat, is a case in point.

The letter-writer tells us that Keller is a great, great guy. But we don’t learn a thing about his record or positions.

We aren’t told that the Pennsylvania Environmental Scorecard gave Keller a 10 percent lifetime rating for his votes on conservation and environmental issues.

We don’t learn that Keller voted for the House Republican spending plan that would have reduced funding for safe schools programs, career and technical education, local public health departments, funding for child care, mental health services, emergency management services, and more.

We don’t learn that Keller voted for the irresponsible House Republican revenue plan that would have taken $4.5 million in funding from the Substance Abuse and Demand Reduction Fund in the middle of the opioid epidemic — or that he twice voted against “no budget, no pay” amendments that would keep legislators from receiving paychecks until they pass a state budget.

Perhaps a letter that doesn’t mention a single word about a candidate’s record and positions does tell us a lot about that candidate. Maybe there’s not much good to say.

Do your homework before voting on May 21. Our next representative in Congress will impact your future in large and small ways for many years to come.

Patty Satalia

State College

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