LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Rep. Walsh is a thinking person

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In response to Frank Wachob's letter of Feb. 7 I want to help separate fact from opinion and also comment on Rep. Maureen Walsh's right to choose positions as an elected official.

Contrary to Mr. Wachob's opinion that God is mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, it is not true. View the website www.usconstitution.net. Likewise, I found no such reference in the Washington state constitution. This document does contain language similar to the U.S. Constitution regarding religion's (non) role in government.

Many of our nation's founders came to the New World to escape government-sponsored or condoned religion, as still happens today, and we are specifically protected from that possible outcome by our Constitution.

As far as Rep. Walsh's voting record, I like her because she is a thinking person, not a party robot. Heaven knows the Republican Party takes positions that reasonable people disagree with.

We have a representative democracy and by definition, "The representatives form an independent ruling body (for an election period) charged with the responsibility of acting in the people's interest, but not as their proxy representatives nor necessarily always according to their wishes, but with enough authority to exercise swift and resolute initiative in the face of changing circumstances." (Wikipedia)

As Edmond Burke wrote, "Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion."

While she is "our" representative, she has the responsibility to help govern the entire state and do what is best according to her experience, knowledge and conscience. If she strays from acting in an intelligent and compassionate manner I, too, will help select someone else at the polls.

Rep. Walsh is doing what you stated: Speak what we know to be right and address what we know to be wrong. Mr. Wachob will no doubt have his opportunity, when this is challenged by referendum, if adopted.

Mike Petersen

Walla Walla

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