The Herald of Everett, Washington
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up | Manage  Green editions icon Green editions


HeraldNet Headlines
HeraldNet Newsletter Delivered to your inbox each week.
Published: Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 12:01 a.m.

Larsen acting like a Republican

I just got off the phone with Rep. Rick Larsen’s Washington, D.C., office, where I questioned the phone worker about his position on health-care reform. I found out that Mr. Larsen is against HR 676, the only real health-care reform measure in Congress, a pure single payer bill. He is also against HR 3200, the watered-down version supported by most Democrats in Congress.
When I asked the phone person why he was against health-care reform, they starting reading me his talking points, which sounded like a flier filled with misinformation from the health-care/insurance industry. I was informed that Mr. Larsen is standing with Republicans in Congress and does not support HR3200 because it includes a single payer option.
Mr. Larsen was sent to Washington, D.C., to represent his constituents’ views, not corporate interests. Many polls show that most people support a single payer option; it is only a small number of those on the very right and running corporations that do not. He is clearly representing the Republican point of view; and not the majority of the people who voted for him.
He has proven by his votes in the past for American job-crushing free-trade deals that he cares more for corporate profit than his constituents’ well-being. It is time to get a new representative who will vote with their constituents in the next election. Meanwhile, call his office (425-252-3188, or 202-225-2605) and let him know that we want him to support us, not his corporate fat cat buddies, or he will be looking for a new job in 2010. By the way, I tried calling his local office first, but they were uninformed of his reasoning for voting against the people’s interest and in favor of his corporatist cronies.
Stephen L. McGourty
digital subscription promo

Subscribe now

Unlimited digital access starting at 99 cents, or included with any print subscription.


Herald Editorial Board

Jon Bauer, Opinion Editor:

Carol MacPherson, Editorial Writer:

Neal Pattison, Executive Editor:

Josh O'Connor, Publisher:

Have your say

Feel strongly about something? Share it with the community by writing a letter to the editor. Send letters by e-mail to, by fax to 425-339-3458 or mail to The Herald - Letters, P.O. Box 930, Everett, WA 98206. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We'll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 250 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it. If your letter is published, please wait 30 days before submitting another. Have a question about letters? Contact Carol MacPherson at or 425-339-3472.