ART MEISSNER: Why now? Why this?

To the editor:

Notice the distinct styles of candidates we have to choose from this fall – Herders and Shepherds.

I kept goats for a couple decades. It taught me humility. Every time I tried to herd a goat, it would backfire. They gave less milk. I’d get butted. And there is nothing like being laughed at by a goat.

On the other hand, these goats were sharp. They knew their names and would come when I called them by name. I recognized each of them as individuals… with feelings. It was a lesson I shall never forget. I learned to be a shepherd: to look out for their best interests. They became helpful in getting the day’s chores done. They became ‘affectionate’ and actually seemed to be listening to me with a kind of attitude bordering on respect.

This fall we have a choice of between candidates.

Some candidates are herders. The herders are manipulators, saying one thing but at times delivering the exact opposite. They really do not care what we think. They have their own agenda: Enact legislation that is against our best interests. Take money from lower income folks and find reasons to give tax breaks to the well-to-do. Deny our children even a decent education. Cut food stamps available to minimum wage workers. They promise their programs will create jobs, but Michigan is still losing jobs: our school graduates have to go out of state to even find a job.

Some candidates are shepherds. These candidates have proven records of helping people. They have worked to improve public education, health care and to provide the ability to earn a decent wage. They have supported efforts to improve the air we breathe and the water we drink. They have been trying to enact programs that provide more jobs.

Elect good shepherds who care about us here in Mecosta County. Check their records posted on their websites:

John Ruggles for State Rep.: voteruggles.com.

Fred Sprague for State Senator: fredspragueforstatesenate.com.

Dr Jeff Holmes, MD for US Representative: jeffholmesforcongress.com.

Art Meissner

Stanwood

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