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Sometimes something just “hits one the wrong way.” Catherine Vandemoer’s letter in the Aug. 8 issue of the Valley Journal hit me the wrong way. By Ms. Vandermoer’s reasoning, no one is able to represent all the people of Lake County if he – or she – happens to be married to a tribal member. By that reasoning should we assume that Gale Decker cannot represent all the people of Lake County because he is not married to a tribal member? How does anyone serve in our diverse community if that’s the criteria for public office? How about getting to know a candidate and learning their positions first and then making a decision to support or not? Caroline McDonald should be given the same respect Ms. Vandemoer is asking for Mr. Decker and not dismissed out of hand because of her last name.

Marie Mumma


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