He lost my vote
I find my congressman, Jason Altmire, to be quite amusing. He must think we are all a bunch of saps. He may come up with myriad reasons for his failure to support health-care reform ("Why I Voted No on Health Reform," Nov. 20 Perspectives), but we all know that Mr. Altmire bucked his party and turned his back on a majority of his constituents for one reason and one reason only. That reason is money.
More specifically, it's the hundreds of thousands of dollars contributed to Mr. Altmire by his buddies in the health- insurance industry. I voted for Mr. Altmire in the last election. That is a mistake I will never make again. Private, for-profit health insurance does not work. It never has, and it never will.
I would like to express my thanks and admiration to Jason Altmire for voting the conscience of the people in his district instead of being bullied by the liberal, name-calling media who disagree with his vote on health care.
I commend you, Mr. Altmire, and hope you will continue to care about the people who elected you instead of the pressure-cooker media who have no respect for the people, the Constitution or the job of elected officials.
I doubt the negative letters and TV ads represent the majority of the people. I am not even in your district but I have not seen one letter published that gives you the kudos you deserve for doing the right thing. Keep listening to the people and you need never fear losing your office.
I read with interest the comments by U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire regarding his "no" vote on the House health-care legislation. By his reasoning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would have had to pull the bill from the floor and start over, yet when I called his office at 3 p.m. the day of the vote, I was informed that he was still undecided.
I believe that he was undecided until they found they could pass it without his vote. The so-called "Blue Dog" coalition seems to be easily divided and are never able to persuade anyone to their point of view on major legislation.
So even though Mr. Altmire voted against cap and trade and this "health bill," the bills still passed because his party is in the majority. An effective legislator is one who can persuade others to his point of view.