I have the management skills and know-how lacking in Annapolis

Letter to the Editor, Southern Maryland Enterprise, June 9, 2010

I am writing to respond to the May 14 letter from Rebecca Denning asking, "For which candidate should a smart, informed voter cast his/her vote?"

First though, as Ms. Denning correctly stated, the economy is my No. 1 priority. The fear of growing debt, growing government and ever-increasing tax burden, coupled with employment uncertainty, is putting our state on the same course as California. The notion that we can spend our way to economic prosperity is the wrong approach and we cannot afford to continue down the path our current representatives are taking us.

But Ms. Denning is correct; lawmakers in Annapolis do tackle social issues. Many social issues such as abortion and illegal immigration are not only a concern from a values standpoint but an economic standpoint as well. I would like to take this opportunity to undeniably make my positions known:

  • To answer Ms. Denning's question about gay marriage, I believe that marriage has been defined as between one man and one woman for thousands of years and I see no reason to change that now. The position taken by Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler to recognize gay marriages from other states puts the values of citizens of our area in jeopardy and is an issue I will fight against.
  • With regard to illegal immigration, I think the federal government should do its job and secure the border. I support Arizona's new law because I recognize the burdens on Maryland caused by illegal immigration. According to the Federation of American Immigration Reform, the illegal immigrant population costs Maryland taxpayers more than $1.4 billion per year. The estimated cost for St. Mary's is $25 million annually; that's approximately $790 per household. Taxpayer money could also be saved by not funding organizations like CASA de Maryland. At a time when our state has been counting on federal stimulus money to balance budgets and furloughing employees, surely there is a better place to be spending taxpayer money.
  • With regard to abortion, unfortunately the legality of abortion is regulated at the federal level. But some issues can be regulated at the state level, such as stem cell research and parental notification; I take a conservative position on these issues. Further, I am strongly against the state Medicaid funding of abortions, which has been going on for years. Most taxpayers do not realize that just this year alone, the governor's budget appropriated $2.1 million in Maryland taxpayer money to fund abortions; our current representative Del. John F. Wood Jr. (D) voted in favor of this. Regardless of what your abortion position is, I believe most people would agree that their hard-earned tax money should not fund abortions and this is an entitlement that should be cut.

Our right to vote is not something that should be taking lightly. Ms. Denning is absolutely correct that voters need to be informed before making such an important decision as casting their votes.

I am not a career politician. I am an ordinary citizen with common sense, good business experience and strong financial skills. I have the leadership qualities, management skills and entrepreneurial know-how that are lacking in our government. I was born and raised in Southern Maryland and I have lived here my entire life. I have held jobs in the education, legal, construction and real estate industries. I understand the struggles of working-class families and small business owners. I will work toward lowering taxes, smaller government and policies that bring about the economic growth we need for our future.

I thank Ms. Denning and The Enterprise newspaper for this opportunity to respond.

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