Our vote determines future

To the editor:

As a resident of Oberlin, Ohio, I am represented by Republican Party’s Jim Jordan, U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 4th Congressional District. He’s “served” the 4th District since 2007 and is why term limits matter.

Jim Jordan has not served the people of this district, he has served one entity — the American Legislative Exchange Council. According to www.alecexposed.org, this is how ALEC corrupts: “Through the secretive meetings of the American Legislative Exchange Council, corporate lobbyists and state legislators vote as equals on ‘model bills’ to change our rights that often benefit the corporations’ bottom line at public expense. ALEC is a pay-to-play operation where corporations buy a seat and a vote on ‘task forces’ to advance their legislative wish lists and can get a tax break for donations, effectively passing these lobbying costs on to taxpayers.” So our taxes pay Jim Jordan – twice!

Jim Jordan needs to go. His deals with ALEC have hurt our district, our state, and our nation. They are geared toward corporate gains at the expense of our environment and our human rights. Election Day is near. I urge everyone to register to vote, know the candidates, and vote with your moral compass, not out of fear. Vote for Oberlin’s Democratic candidate, Janet Garrett for Congress. She will “serve” the people of the 4th District. Include Green Party candidate Joe DeMare for U.S. Senate and Jill Stein for president on your ballot checks. These are candidates with integrity.

It’s time to clean house! Let’s make sure we know who we elect to serve and how they intend to serve “the people.”

Lisa Kavanaugh