Letter to the editor- Doolittle out of touch with GOP
To the editor:
I recently joined the Republican Congress of Placer County, looking for more reasonable conservative leadership. As a fiscally conservative responsible Republican, I find it repugnant that John Doolittle is put forward as my standard bearer. He is a career politician, out of touch with local issues, and represents the far right wing of the Republican Party. He is obsessed with the Auburn Dam to the point of holding flood control in Sacramento hostage to his whim. Building up Folsom Dam for flood control, water storage and recreation is a far more reasonable approach, along with increasing capacity at existing Shasta and Oroville reservoirs.
The real issues facing our citizens as we enter this new century are:
1. To provide security and health care for our aging population.
2. To provide better educational opportunities four our young people.
3. To decrease the gap between rich and poor.
This will give hope to our improvised population so that they too can realize the American dream. This needs to happen without over-taxing our working people and businesses.
Innovative new leadership and a complete repudiation of special interest groups will be required to forge a vision that is best for everyone. As a physician, I can tell you that our health-care and Social Security systems are broken, and just pouring money into this leaking barrel won’t fix it. There is enough money now in the health-care system to provide for all of our needs if the special interests, profit motives and politics were removed from the equation and only the best results for all our citizens were considered.
As a youth and recreation leader, I am acutely aware of how we are failing our young people, and as a physician who has never turned down an indigent patient, I know we need to give these people help and hope.
We need new, fiscally conservative, socially responsible noncareer politicians with innovative ideas, not beholden to anyone to fix these problems, and John Doolittle is not one of those people.
William W. Kirby, M.D.
Director Auburn Recreation District
Former chief of the Sutter Auburn Faith medical staff
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