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Time to choose

There are now mere days left before the election on Nov. 2. It is time to choose.

On the one hand, there is the current Democratic Congressman, Bill Foster. Bill Foster is in favor of higher taxes, higher federal spending and greater regulation for businesses and individual citizens. His votes for the stimulus, Obamacare and every appropriation bill tell us all we need to know about where he stands: on the side of big government and against the will of our district.

On the other hand, Republican Randy Hultgren is running for lower taxes, smaller government, less spending and fewer regulations. When elected, Randy is committed to holding open town hall meetings in order to listen to the people of the district so he can take their ideas to Washington—not to force Washington’s ideas onto them.

The choice is clear. This election is too important to sit on the sidelines. Vote for Republican Randy Hultgren on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Kent Alcott

Letter: Bill Foster and energy policy

Congressman Bill Foster touts his experience as a businessman and a scientist. Unfortunately, he seems to have forgotten his background when it comes to his energy policy.

As a businessman, he should know the best solutions are derived from those closest to the problem and not from some distant bureaucracy. As a scientist, he should know that the controversial “global warming” findings are far from settled and require further research. But as a politician, he embraces big government programs that have stalled the current economic recovery.

His campaign website calls for a mandatory, worldwide pricing mechanism for CO2 and greenhouse gasses, including a cap-and-trade system for the U.S.

Congressman Foster does not explain how this pricing mechanism would work, nor what differentiates this scheme from the one he voted against. Whether such a system would actually lead to a reduction of green house gas emissions is uncertain. What is certain is that any such system would increase the burden of government regulation in the economy, increase the cost of manufacturing for all companies and increase the amount of uncertainty businesses would have to face when making hiring decisions.

If enacted, these job and economic growth killing ideas would stifle the economy, leaving millions of more Americans out of work. While every American values the environment and the need to preserve it for future generations, Congressman Foster seems to value the uncertain science of global warming over the real needs of out-of-work Americans today.

Instead of the heavy handed, top-down system that Bill Foster supports, Randy Hultgren believes that creating incentives for newer, clean energy technologies will harness the spirit of American ingenuity and lead to new industries, which will create both jobs and markets for tomorrow’s energy resources. Support Randy Hultgren on Nov. 2.

Kent Alcott

Letter: Where’s Foster?

I called Congressman Foster’s office in Washington, D.C., and asked about the current health care reconciliation process.

Specifically, I wanted to know how involved my representative was in these negotiations. Eventually I was transferred to a staffer named Kyle. Kyle told me Foster was not involved in the meetings. Fair enough; there is only so much room.

I asked how he was kept in the loop by the Democratic leadership about what was going on. Kyle told me that while there are caucus calls, “Congressman Foster knows as much about what is happening as you or I do by reading the papers and watching TV.”

I want to know where my representative stands on the issues. I want a congressman that will fight for me and carry my views to congress. This is why I am supporting Ethan Hastert. Ethan understands that we can fix health care without a government takeover. Ethan’s plan to improve transparency, increase competition and curb junk lawsuits to stop the practice of defensive medicine will hold the line on cost and create options for Americans.

Still, regardless of what side of the debate you are on, is Bill Foster the type of representative the 14th District should have in Washington? Someone who apparently cares so little about health care that he doesn’t demand input into the process? I would expect my congressman to be spending a lot of time getting details, talking to other congressmen and committee heads, making sure the view of his constituents was heard.

Where’s Foster? I guess he doesn’t think this is important enough to get involved.

Kent Alcott