Thursday, December 18, 2014

Blessed daughter, disappointed schoolmate

7/30/2014

I grew up with Blaine Finch. We went to school together, have mutual friends, talked about our life goals and both graduated from Ottawa High School. Only a few months ago, my dad told me he was going to run against Finch in the coming Republican Primary. Admittedly, at first, I felt a little unsure about his decision because I knew Finch’s life goals. However, the more I researched Finch’s voting record, the more I began to understand my dad’s decision.

As we get closer and closer to the election, I have been shocked by the untruthfulness Finch and liberal allies have allowed to be spread about my dad. A few days ago, we received a mailer [from a group called Kansas Traditional Republican Majority] that claimed my dad didn’t support Medicare. There was no voting record, or quote from my dad. Medicare isn’t even an issue handled by the state Legislature, so why they would even try to scare veterans or Medicare recipients is beyond reason. It was just an obvious lie. With my mom and myself being on Medicare and my dad soon to be on Medicare, why would he consider being against Medicare?

I grew up with Blaine Finch. We went to school together, have mutual friends, talked about our life goals and both graduated from Ottawa High School. Only a few months ago, my dad told me he was going to run against Finch in the coming Republican Primary. Admittedly, at first, I felt a little unsure about his decision because I knew Finch’s life goals. However, the more I researched Finch’s voting record, the more I began to understand my dad’s decision.

As we get closer and closer to the election, I have been shocked by the untruthfulness Finch and liberal allies have allowed to be spread about my dad. A few days ago, we received a mailer [from a group called Kansas Traditional Republican Majority] that claimed my dad didn’t support Medicare. There was no voting record, or quote from my dad. Medicare isn’t even an issue handled by the state Legislature, so why they would even try to scare veterans or Medicare recipients is beyond reason. It was just an obvious lie. With my mom and myself being on Medicare and my dad soon to be on Medicare, why would he consider being against Medicare?

Growing up, my dad taught me by example the importance of honesty, hard work and looking for the positive in every situation. He always has led by this example in his experience and community involvement, not only as a teacher, but also as a foster parent, youth director, and on a mission trip to Ghana, Africa, to help the disability community by painting a school for them and speaking to parents who have children with disabilities. I have always trusted him and he has never disappointed me. He’s been a classroom teacher his entire career and has been obligated to always tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

In closing, this is difficult for me to say. I once respected Finch for pursuing his life goal in law and his political ambitions. Unfortunately, I have lost respect for him in how he is pursuing this life goal. He hasn’t provided truthful facts about his opponent. Both candidates are equally involved in the community, and desire to serve the people. Sometimes the truth makes us look bad and being honest isn’t easy. My dad is telling the truth in this campaign, which the voters deserve from all candidates in any campaign.

JoAnne Fluke,

Ottawa

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