GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

Opinion

November 2, 2012

Letter: Vote Tisei, Brown for a course correction

To the editor:

After 16 years as our congressional representative, John Tierney has discovered the fishing industry. (”Tierney vows fishery push,” Gloucester Times, Oct. 30).

It is infuriating to recognize that, in the 16 years that John Tierney has been our congressional representative, Gloucester’s fishing industry and related enterprises have sunk to their lowest ebb.

The sad fact is that, while John Tierney has purported to be our representative, he has ignored the needs of the fishing industry; vessel owners, fishermen and all those small businesses and their employees that support this once great industry.

It is no longer a secret that the federal government, through NOAA, has used junk science advanced by environmental interests to undermine the U.S. fishing industry. It is a sad fact that our congressman, John Tierney, has aided this effort while accepting large campaign donations from those very environmental groups working to destroy a once vibrant and job producing industry.

I have known John Tierney for more than 20 years. In the time that he has been our congressional representative, John Tierney has supported policies that have done significant damage to the working people of his district. In the last four years, he has voted down the line with the failed proposals of President Obama.

It is startling to learn that one in six people in America are now living below the poverty line, the greatest number and percentage since the Great Depression. Yet Tierney voted for a “stimulus” plan that produced no jobs, and which invested $90 billion in taxpayer money to now bankrupt companies, such as Solyndra. He voted to take $850 billion from the Medicare trust fund to fund ObamaCare against the will of constituents.

John Tierney, senate candidate Elizabeth Warren and President Obama continue to argue for greater regulations which strangle small business and chase American jobs overseas, as well as discouraging exploration of oil, natural gas, or coal, thus resulting in $4 a gallon gas and skyrocketing home heating oil. They have all put their party, as well as themselves, ahead of what is best for Americans, and their policies have failed.

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