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April 20, 2014

PUBLIC FORUM: Letters for Sunday, April 20, 2014

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He says I am the “biggest welfare queen in Logansport.” He enjoys “taking money to not work.”

He then compares the pension that I worked 30 years of my life for, to welfare! I contributed every week to the pension that I now receive. Pensions are earned, not granted. As a proud union member of the UAW since 1980 and a past member of the Steel Workers Union, I take great offense to comparing union pensions to welfare!

Mr. Meagher’s accusation that “there are no consultants to give him campaign contributions” is also trying to mislead you into believing I have taken contributions from consultants. That is proven wrong in the public campaign finance statements all candidates have to submit to the County Treasurer twice a year. I did not solicit any contributions. Contributions I received (a couple thousand dollars) were from friends and family. I financed my campaign so I would not have to ask anyone for money.

And last but not least, Mr. Meagher’s insinuation that “instead of sitting at home waiting for his constituents to call him” I should “drive around his ward” and see the houses in need of repair. I drive through my ward most every day and I try to drive most of the ward every week or two to remind me of who I work for. I work for my constituents, not the government. Unlike Mr. Meagher, I have been to every door and talked with my constituents face to face.

I would summarize by just saying “consider the source” but I believe the voters already did that when they gave Mr. Meagher the lowest percentage of the votes in the 2012 City Election. Time to move forward.

Logansport is on a great path that I believe will go down in history as the greatest turnaround in our history. I look forward to what the next few years will bring our way.

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