I appreciated the opportunity to debate Bruce Chandler in front of the Herald's editorial board on Sept. 13. In reading the following recommendation editorial, though, I detected a couple of errors.
First, the board wrote that I am a "moderate." Not true - I am a flaming progressive/liberal. That should be obvious in anyone who supports Initiative 1098 and a progressive income tax in general. I regard the wealthiest individuals and corporations in this country as "the enemy," and I want them to start paying back the tax breaks, subsidies, cost-plus-profit contracts, deregulation benefits, bailouts, etc., that they have extracted from the overwhelming majority of us for decades.
Second, the editorial stated that Bruce has a "proven track record in the Legislature." I agree, except that you imply that he is an effective legislator. Here's part of his "track record:" In the last biennium, Bruce was the primary sponsor of 15 bills, of which one was passed into law. The one was a "no-brainer" involving unitary radio frequency for emergencies. It had three co-sponsors, two of whom were Democrats. If you want some real help on rural issues, I think that you need a Democrat like me.
Paul Spencer, candidate, 15th Legislative District