I have attended two of Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle’s town hall meetings. At both she was targeted by organized liberal operatives, the majority of whom do not reside or work in her district. Predictably they agitated for expanded labor union and federal power, public works projects and worshiped at their golden calf, Planned Parenthood. All were treated to abrasive tactics designed to intimidate and demands for money that doesn’t exist.

I have attended two of Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle’s town hall meetings. At both she was targeted by organized liberal operatives, the majority of whom do not reside or work in her district. Predictably they agitated for expanded labor union and federal power, public works projects and worshiped at their golden calf, Planned Parenthood. All were treated to abrasive tactics designed to intimidate and demands for money that doesn’t exist.

These folks engage in tiresome, one-dimensional caricatures and clichés such as the myth of the worthy poor, evil capitalism, greedy corporations, all success is to be suspect and punished. They are not interested in a genuine give and take of serious ideas. In true liberal fashion they are about extreme control and silencing those who disagree with them. They pitch their agenda for the benefit of the media who are eager to assist their efforts and to the exclusion of those who actually live in Mrs. Buerkle’s district, preventing her true constituents from full participation. This basic unfairness bothers them not one whit. They are happy to monopolize. Several community agitators did not have the decency to recite or stand for the pledge of allegiance.

I am impressed by Congresswoman Buerkle’s service and her demeanor in answering her critics. She has shown her detractors respect and courtesy when they have failed to show her the same. She stands front and center making herself and her staff accessible through town hall meetings and tele-town halls. She does not condescend by telling her audience what they wish to hear nor does she uphold a pretext promising to vote a certain way to appease or quiet those who want her to abandon her positions. She understands she cannot be all things to all people yet remain true to herself. She is straightforward, measured and demonstrates remarkable finesse and dignity in these situations, not an easy task for a seasoned politician, much less a freshman. I admire her positive diligence and principled approach.
I am proud to have Ann Marie Buerkle represent the 25th district, my district, in Washington.

PATRICIA SEILER
Webster
Brookwood Drive