Jean Berkey has earned my vote

The Herald political endorsements sometimes amuse and often confuse me. This time I am confused. (Sunday editorial, “Put Harper’s talents to work”). After stating about Sen. Jean Berkey — “She works hard” and “Berkey has hardly been ineffective.” Also stating, “She joined with fellow moderate Democrats last year to provide leverage that may have kept tax increases lower.”

You go on to endorse Mr. Harper, who had indeed done a good job with the Conservation movement, which although necessary, does take properties off the tax roles and spreads that tax burden over all other taxpaying property owners.

He also stated that he supports a state income tax — which some special interest groups want. They are the ones spending upward of $100,000 or more to fill your mailboxes with half-truths and sometimes non-truths about Berkey’s voting record. I wonder what The Herald endorsement was really based on. My support of Sen. Berkey is based on her “hard work” and positive voting record.

Gene Kurnik


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