Readers comment on Rep. Kat Cammack's record, being 'woke' and more

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Cammack’s record

Normally, we seek candidates for office who are committed to improving the lives of their constituents. U.S. Rep. Kat Cammack has neglected to be part of any major legislation benefiting her district.

Using published voting records for the 117th Congress (2021-22), Cammack voted to support only seven pieces of legislation while voting no on 66 major bills that became law. Examples of bills Cammack voted against include: the Infant Formula Supplemental Appropriation Act, Improving U.S. Postal Service and Finances, Semiconductor Manufacturing Act (CHIPS), Strengthening the Voting Rights Act, Providing Funds for Conservation, Care for Veterans Exposed to Toxic Substances (PACT), Providing Dollars for COVID-19 Relief, Reauthorizing Violence Against Women Act, Establishing Commission to Investigate January 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol, and Money for Transportation, Utilities and Environmental Infrastructure.

U.S. Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Gainesville smiles as she delivers comments during a rally against vaccine mandates rally held at Clark Plantation in Newberry on Sept. 13.
U.S. Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Gainesville smiles as she delivers comments during a rally against vaccine mandates rally held at Clark Plantation in Newberry on Sept. 13.

Cammack’s earliest priority was to increase broadband service in rural areas of her 3rd District. However, she voted against the infrastructure bill that included this service.  

Cammack appears to have a greater interest voting in lockstep with her party, rather than writing and/or advancing legislation favored by a majority of families and her district. It’s time for a candidate that will work for the people.

William Buhi, Gainesville  

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Disappointing dispute

I have watched with dismay and disappointment the ongoing Bosshardt versus Drotos/Ryals media circus battle for several years. Mike Ryals and Dan Drotos spent many years (30 and eight, respectively) benefiting Bosshardt with stellar and professional real estate work, resulting in significant commissions for all. They positively contributed to Bosshardt’s brand and reputation, building it over the years.

When Ryals and Drotos left Bosshardt in 2019, Bosshardt chose to no longer honor a longstanding commission arrangement that would affect commissions per sales “in the pipeline” and yet to be closed as of Drotos/Ryals departure date. A resulting legal battle devolved into Bosshardt's accusations of wrongdoing against Drotos/Ryals, punctuated by a ridiculous Gainesville Police Department SWAT Team raid.

In the civil case, Judge Melvia Green decreed that no wrongdoing was done by either Drotos or Ryals. Hopefully the State Attorney’s Office will quickly throw out the unwarranted criminal case so that all can move on.

Jeff Montgomery, Gainesville

Staying woke

It seems to be a very strange criticism to be called “woke.” I strive to be woke or aware of what is happening in my community and country. It takes some effort to do so.

People could stay asleep and then wonder why certain books are no longer available to them. They might be caught off-guard when their child comes home from school saying he cannot talk about his two moms or two dads. They might believe that when someone has been voted into an office he might have to be impeached rather than fired (by a governor) for not properly handling the position.

At this point in our republic, we need as many “woke” people as possible to be aware and try to preserve whatever sense of a fair and just democracy we have left. So wake-up any of you unwoke people.

Goldie Schwartz, Archer

Deeply concerned

Having spent over 30 years, out of 75-plus years of my life, serving this country, I am deeply concerned about the future of the United States  A recent poster reads: “I was once willing to give my life for what I believed this country stood for. Today, I’d give my life to protect my family from what this country has become.” Never have I agreed with anything more than these words, especially the second part.

This belief began by the unpunished anarchical events in 2020 in Portland, Ore., and Seattle, Wash.; the lax/non enforcement of the criminal laws by several elected state prosecutors (Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, et al.); the “defund the police” movement and the open border, to name just a few. The most cogent example is the recent FBI raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

The far-left leaning political leadership of this country should be replaced in its entirety with people who genuinely love this country. The current senior military leaders have proven to be political generals/admirals more concerned with wokeness and other related ideology than ensuring the military’s readiness to defend this country. It is a direct violation of their oaths of office as military officers.

Jim Whitehead, Gainesville 

Twain on lying

Mark Twain said that it was easier to convince someone of a lie than to convince them that they had been lied to. Does this fit our current political atmosphere?

Denny Gies, Gainesville 

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