Editor, The Messenger:

As a new father, I’ve been reflecting on the gravity of the issues facing communities in our area and how they will impact my son. Considering these challenges I am struck by the ineptitude of State House Representative Jay Edwards and State Senator Frank Hoagland.

We face real challenges: the opioid crisis, the threat of violence in our schools, the safety of our drinking water (Buchtel), and a local economy that isn’t thriving for the average worker. Have either Edwards or Hoagland introduced legislation to meaningfully address these issues during this legislative session? No, they have not. Have they voted to raise the gas tax and in favor of a bill that prevent a victim of rape or incest from getting an abortion? Yes, and it disgusts me and it should disgust each of us. For our children we must demand better of our leaders.

Ray Reynolds


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