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Letter: It's our planet, Jennifer

Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 11:39 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

"Where else can we live?" asked 8-year-old Jennifer.

"We aren't ready to travel to unknown planets ... we're stuck here," I answered. 

"Who's in charge of our planet?" she continued.

"We are. We vote for people to pass laws to keep us safe."

"Who are those people?"

"Candidates and leaders."

"How do you get those people to do the right thing for us?"

"Vote only for those who work to keep our environment safe."

"Well, this is MY home, it shouldn't be ruined by anyone," she insisted.

This exchange reminded me of the League of Conservation Voters National Environmental Scorecard study.

"In all, the scorecard includes 28 House votes, and many other egregious votes would have made the list in a typical year," states http://scorecard.lcv.org. "While the House had an average score of 43 percent as a whole, this Scorecard shows the dramatic influence that the Tea Party has had on House Republicans, whose scores have continually declined to a staggeringly low average of 5 percent this year."

Dennis Anderson, 14th Congressional District candidate, will fight to protect the environment.

He seems to understand and see uncontrolled destruction of air, water, land and food by dangerous chemicals for monetary interests.

"I'll vote carefully, Jennifer, no one should ruin our planet."

Rosemary Schroeder

St. Charles

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