Letter to the editor: Party’s platform doesn’t reflect Owen County

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When making decisions as to which candidate will best serve us in political office, it is always wise to know his/her position on  important issues.
A recent survey sponsored by the Family Foundation was sent to Kentucky House of Representative candidates Wanda Crupper Hammons and Brian Linder. In this survey Mrs. Hammons declared she is against abortion and same-sex marriages. What puzzles us is the fact that she has previously stated she believes and supports the principles of the Democratic Party which is dedicated to providing abortions to any woman who wishes to secure one, and is determined to support gays, lesbians, and bisexuals.
Let us quote directly from the Democratic Platform:
1. “..we are committed to protecting voting rights, enacting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, ensuring civil unions and equal federal rights for LGBT couples and fully repealing the Defense of Marriage Act ...We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples.”
  For those who are unfamiliar with the term “LGBT couples” the letters stand for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender couples. The Democrats want to extend federal rights to these people including the right to legally marry and adopt children.
The Defense of Marriage Act states that marriage is recognized as between one man and one woman.  The Democratic Party wants to fully repeal this act which is a foundational cornerstone of Christianity.
2. The issue of abortion as quoted from the Democratic Party Platform:
“The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay.”
 “Regardless of the ability to pay” means that taxpayers’ money will be used to provide abortions regardless of a taxpayer’s views on the issue.
Our question to Mrs. Hammons is, if she so strongly opposes abortion and same-sex marriages why does she represent an organization committed to securing both? Wouldn’t you think a person’s private moral values should be reflected in his/her public life? If legislation supporting abortion or gay marriages is introduced, will Wanda Hammons, a representative of the Democratic Party,  cast her vote against their commitment to fundamentally change the Christian values upon which this country was formed?
All the candidates are friendly and seem genuinely concerned about the people. However, a candidate does not have to be our best friend nor does friendliness qualify someone to serve as our representative in Frankfort. We want to elect a person who reflects our values and will vote to protect them.
Before you cast your ballot, know the candidates and their stand on issues that are important to you. Read the platforms of the Democratic and Republican parties. In a general election you have the choice of voting for any candidate you like, regardless of your declared party affiliation.
We are all responsible for our decisions.  Make a wise one by being informed. The vote you cast will help determine the future of our country; and the generations of tomorrow will most certainly be affected by the decisions you make today.
As for our household we will cast our votes for Brian Linder.
Tom and Bonnie Strassell
Poplar Grove