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Letter: Where's Kinzinger's concern for Illinois citizens?

To the Editor:

I am writing in regard to my disappointment in Rep. Adam Kinzinger.

He has expressed such dedication and commitment to the Syrian people, which is commendable and admirable. He has been consistent in his views of Syria. In June 2016, Kinzinger said, “When you subject children to not being able to read and write, not understanding the bigger world out there, they can easily be whispered into walking into a café with a bomb on them and blowing themselves up.”  

Recently he did not mince words when he said clearly, “I’m ashamed of our government’s actions so far and inaction. I wish I had the ability to move forces to do what needs to be done.”

I too am ashamed of our government and ashamed of our government representation when they cherry-pick issues of great concern while ignoring their constituents’ immediate concerns.

I am ashamed of our government’s actions and inactions. I too wish I had the ability to move forces to do what needs to be done!

By that I mean, what is this Republican Party doing to improve the lives and living environments of those who are impoverished and denied equitable educational opportunities?

How many young lives do we lose to gangs, horrific violence and murder? What has this Republican Party done to hold government officials accountable for the Flint, Michigan, water crisis, a city where 41.2 percent of the residents live in poverty and the majority of those citizens are minorities?

Understand the Flint water crisis happened only to cut costs – save money. It was the EPA/Safe Drinking Water Act that identified dangerous levels of lead only to be ignored by 14 state and city officials. Make no mistake, this Republican Party aims to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency and with it, the Clean Water Act, which only will ensure many more Flint water crises throughout this nation.

Rep. Kinzinger, do you support a repeal of our Department of Education, which would deny our very own citizens of equitable educational opportunities; disbanding the EPA creating many more water crises; a repeal of our Affordable Health Care law, which would be certainly a death sentence for many with pre-existing conditions and leave millions without coverage?

Finally, why such compassion for those outside our nation’s border and so little compassion for those right here in Illinois’ 16th Congressional District?

Colette Maher


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