By Susan Hartley
February 26, 2014
To the Editor:
I read the paper early every day and take the time to browse news stories on-line in between making Facebook posts in the evening and I’ve come to a simple conclusion — we need to agree to disagree. A recent rebuttal I read in the Piqua Daily Call was clearly a biased opinion that, in my opinion, lost all credibility because of the obvious bias that it was dripping with.
I have learned that I am not going to agree with everyone. My husband and I clash on things all of time. It’s like an epic version of Battle of the Sexes in my household sometimes. I even disagree with my teenage son, but who doesn’t? We employ one simple tactic to make everything work though. We just agree to disagree and stop wasting time on who is right or wrong and move on to the real problem and that is the resolution.
In the rebuttal I referenced, I was arbitrarily placed into a category of being an ignorant female who doesn’t understand how my own body works. I truly hope this is not what Democrats think of me since I am a Republican woman. That rebuttal goes deeper than that though. The author assumes that just because I am a Republican I want to discourage minority voters. Don’t forget, the 19th Amendment gave me—a minority group—the right to vote in 1920. I surely don’t want to remove that right from any American. That is what makes our country free and allows me to write this.
We send our elected representatives to Washington to work for and represent us. I think my Representative is standing up for my beliefs and doing it in a bipartisan and honorable manner. He allows the other side to offer amendments to legislation and gives even the minority party a voice. The Congressional Record reflects it. Look if you care to. You may be intrigued.
We know we don’t agree on some of the large issues like immigration, taxes and energy, but we all can agree that passing pro-growth, job-creating legislation, which the House has done over 120 times recently, is a good starting point. Let’s focus on real solutions to help American families rather than argue what one another believes in and indirectly call each other names. Let’s move forward and work on the resolutions together.