Letters to the WCP Editor – 9.30.10
Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 1:57 pm
To the Editor,
Once again I feel compelled to respond to a letter to the editor written by Mr. Don Jones that was in your paper recently.
In the letter, Mr. Jones tries to show how much he thinks Mr. Roy Herron is qualified for the District 8 Congressional seat and how Mr. Stephen Fincher is not.
First he states, “State Senator/Representative Herron has a record to run on. Herron is a very conservative person with his money and yours/ours.” Now I don’t know how long Mr. Jones has lived in Weakley County, but I can tell him that Mr. Herron is NOT a conservative. He, like most Democrats, is trying to sell himself as a conservative, but as Mr. Jones says, he has a record. You as a voter check it out and see if it’s conservative.
The second comment Mr. Jones makes concerns seniors and Social Security. Mr. Jones claims Mr. Fincher wants to privatize Social Security. I’m sure most of this comes from Mr. Jones’ years of working in a union shop at Goodyear.
I myself was a member of the union and because of the contracts they reached, I draw a good pension and have some of the best medical coverage available. Unions do many great things to protect workers’ rights and safety. In saying that, they are biased when it comes to politics.
NAFTA was bad and Democrats said it would cost us thousands of jobs when Republicans were talking about passing it. Yet, when it passed, did you know President Clinton signed it and Al Gore made the deciding vote to pass it?
Then there are steel mills and China subsidizing steel to drive American companies out of business. Did you know President Bush placed tariffs and duties on foreign steel to try and level the playing field? For 33 and a half years during every election cycle, the Union leadership told us that the Republicans were going to take Social Security? Well, it’s been 37 and a half years now and we still have Social Security.
Mr. Jones speaks of Mr. Herron running on “jobs, jobs, jobs” and that Mr. Fincher sounds like he is running against the President and Speaker of the House. Well, I hate to tell Mr. Jones this but neither Mr. Herron nor Mr. Fincher can do much to create jobs. Jobs will only be created by the party that can get their ideas passed by legislation to help small business and tax incentives to corporations that will invest and hire. The only job Mr. Herron can truly, as the Democrats say, create or save is Nancy Pelosi’s when his first vote as Congressman will be to keep her Speaker of the House. SO I guess you could say that Mr. Fincher IS running against President Obama and the Speaker Pelosi and their anti-jobs agenda.
Thirdly, Mr. Jones speaks of Obama/Pelosi care. I find it somewhat confusing that Mr. Jones would bring this up considering he has a heart transplant from the old health care system. Now, I realize Mr. Jones has had much hardship and expense in the years since his transplant, but under Obama/Pelosi care, it is doubtful he could get a transplant because, sadly, he would be too old to justify the cost.
Lastly, Mr. Jones comments about Mr. Fincher and farm subsidies. Farm subsidies are needed whether you like them or not so our farmers can survive. Without them, most if not all, farmers would be out of business. This is because of the cost to put in their crops because of the restrictions placed on them by the government concerning the environment and chemicals, and because “as in most other goods,” of foreign trade. If Mr. Jones is really concerned where the money is coming from, maybe he should ask his candidate, Mr. Herron, how his law office in Dresden made over $500,000 last year when he was there about seven months out of the year.
So you the reader decide, do “so-called qualifications and records make you a good representative,” or do hard work, good common sense and true conservative values make you the best to serve as representative for District 8?
To the Editor,
With great interest, my family and I have followed the news coverage surrounding Stephen Fincher’s ethically and legally questionable finances. Like all candidates for United States Congress, Mr. Fincher has to file personal disclosure forms that show how much money he makes ad how much he owes. Unlike other candidates, however, Mr. Fincher failed to fully report these pieces of important public information.
According to news articles and public filings, Stephen Fincher reported an income in 2009 of $60,000, but claimed to have no checking account, no savings account, no stocks, no bonds, no additional assets. I know a lot of people who do not have stocks or bonds, but I do not know a lot of people who don’t have bank accounts. And then Fincher loaned the money based on their relationship, but clearly their standing relationship does not include Mr. Fincher maintaining any bank accounts at that local bank.
Mr. Fincher’s claims sound suspicious to a lot of folks, especially those who understand the expensive lifestyle the Finchers lead. The question was raised in the Republican primary election by Brent Leatherwood, the campaign manager for one of Mr. Fincher’s opponents, Ron Kirkland. Mr. Leatherwood said in an Aug. 1, Jackson Sun article: “Mr. Fincher presents himself as the humble 37-year-old farmer who only makes $50,000 to $75,000 a year. However, Crockett County property records show he lives in a home valued near $250,000, drives an expensive SUV, uses state-of-the-art farm equipment and pays tuition at one of Jackson’s finest private schools. How does he have the resources to drop $250,000 into this race? These numbers only add up in Washington.”
Eighth-district voters have heard a lot about the millions of dollars in federal farm subsidies the Fincher family has taken over the years. But at least that money was reported properly. People should be really concerned about what Mr. Fincher IS NOT telling them about how much money he makes, how mush money he borrows and where he deposits his money. For example, I’d like to know if my tax dollars are going to him in the form of farm subsidies and then being used to pay for private school tuition or purchase expensive automobiles.
Additionally, I have great concerns about Mr. Fincher’s vows not to work across party lines. Throughout the vicious Republican primary, he repeatedly criticized Kirkland for suggesting he would work with people outside his party to do what is needed for our country. Stephen Fincher is either stubborn or naïve if he thinks he can solve our nation’s very serious problems without a willingness to listen to or work with those who have a different party listed by their name. We don’t think like that in Tennessee. We MUST have a Congressman who will put the best interests of our country above his own political affiliation.
I had an open mind when I first heard about Stephen Fincher’s Congressional campaign. But, unfortunately, it has become clear he is simply another DC-style, hyper-partisan politician who uses budget tricks to hide his addiction to borrowing money. We have enough of those already.