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Letter to the editor:

Heck is an inspiration

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Paul Freeman’s letter on the Sun’s endorsement of Joe Heck, “Heck would be a terrible choice,” irritated me enough to write in. There are two types of people — those who blindly follow the party line and those who research the candidates and make up their own minds. While the Sun is left leaning, it had the foresight and good sense to endorse a Republican for a major race when there is a Democrat running for the same position.

As someone who has been privileged to talk with Heck on numerous occasions, I agree with the Sun’s assertion that it has “always found him (Heck) willing to discuss his views, listen to others and, above all, be reasonable. That isn’t an easy thing ...”

Even some ranking Democrats I’ve talked to in Washington have said that he listens and works for solutions. He’s the only congressman I’m aware of who has read the entire 2,000-page health care law (more than once).

Heck is an inspiration — it isn’t about cronyism or seeking power with him but really listening and seeking solutions. But some people would rather buy into rhetoric, false attack ads and party-line divisiveness.

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  1. "We should all support Heck"

    Second the motion.

    CarmineD

  2. I was a constituent in Congressman Heck's district. Let's look at his time in office...

    November 2, 2010 -- Voted into office by 1,900 votes. Never went on record that he stood for anything. Nobody knew him. And he got elected?

    November 21, 2010 -- Said he wants to save money by sleeping on the couch in his new office. Dismantled all business/home foreclosure help phone lines here in Nevada that Representative Titus set up before.

    January, 2011 -- Voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Runs away from press/media.

    February, 2011 -- Expressed an interest in Yucca Mountain Project going forward for reprocessing nuclear waste. Voted to approve de-funding Planned Parenthood.

    March 1, 2011 -- Voted to give $30 billion subsidies to oil corporations.

    March 17, 2011 -- Voted to defund Government funding for public radio (NPR). Created a bill to reduce duplication in Government; a "softball" bill that makes him look like he's doing something.

    March 22, 2011 -- Backs Mitt Romney as candidate to run against President Obama.

    March 23, 2011 -- At a press appearance, stated he would vote for intervention in Libya. Also stated that Ghadafi, in recent years, has mended his ways and has almost become an ally of the United States. Referred to the Affordable Care Act, "One year later ObamaCare fails to deliver on costs, spending and preserving existing coverage," Nevada Rep. Joe Heck remarked on his tweet, "We need patient-centered, not govt, solutions!"

    March 31, 2011 -- Again states Yucca Mountain Project should be pursued in order to reprocess nuclear waste.

    April 2, 2011 -- Voted to approve stripping union rights from FAA workers.

    April 15, 2011 -- Voted to approve a budget bill supposedly created by Representative Ryan (R-WI) that completely destroys Medicare and replaces it with an inferior voucher system, while at the same time gives those savings to the rich by wording thinly veiled in the bill that makes the Bush Tax Cuts permanent.

    To be continued....

  3. April, 2011 -- During the recess, goes to Pakistan. But upon return to Nevada, decided to hide from constituents and not face the backlash from his decision to destroy Medicare/Medicaid with the stupid Ryan Plan.

    May 1, 2011 -- Congressman Heck appears on a right wing radio show broadcast in Nevada and pushes for the voucher system proposed by Representative Ryan (R-WI) be the law of the land. Heck could not adequately answer questions about the implications for failure of a voucher system; one he approved by his vote. He just offered up vague generalities and avoided pointed questions.

    May 4, 2011 -- Called for the release of photos of Osama Bin Laden's death.

    May 5, 2011 -- Voted to approve not one, not two, but three different bills related to stopping abortion or any type of government funding for them (one of them from back on February 18). Also, voted to deny any type of restrictions on Wall Street futures marketers. Additionally, voted to disapprove a Democratic Party sponsored bill to remove tax subsidies for the five largest oil companies.

    May 18, 2011 -- Held a town hall meeting in Boulder City. He faced just about 50 people who were displeased I guess with each other and also Heck. "I'm not saying it's the best idea, but it's the only one and the best being proposed now," Heck said, emphasizing that the government needs to cut back spending to reasonable, sustainable levels. He totally and completely doubled down on his support for the Ryan Plan that would destroy Medicare and replace it with a proven inferior voucher policy, all so that those precious Bush Tax Cuts for the filthy rich would be permanent. All during this town hall, Congressman Heck told the mostly senior citizen crowd it would not affect their benefits. But there seemed to be no mention about the next few generations of Americans that would be dumped out in the cold with little, inadequate or no medical care.

    May 26, 2011 -- Voted against two bills. One calls for troop withdrawals and the other calls for the end of the Afghanistan War.

    May 31, 2011 -- Voted against raising the debt ceiling.

    June 2011 -- Voted alongside other Tea/Republicans in the House to cut $35 million from USDA food safety efforts.

    June 2, 2011 -- Voted for security grants for American cities, extending the requirement from the top ten cities to include Las Vegas (ranked 17). This bill passed.

    June 7, 2011 -- Handed out a pamphlet at his town hall meeting (unknown where that town hall meeting was) where he stated he misspoke about Social Security being "a pyramid scheme." But in that pamphlet, he still attacked Social Security and wanted to do something else with it.

    To be continued....

  4. June 8, 2011 -- Held a town hall meeting in Henderson with only about 75 people in attendance. Avoided all questions regarding Social Security and what he said before about it being "a pyramid scheme." At the end of the town hall, Congressman Heck ran away to a private room when reporters tried to question him.

    In recent days, appeared as a guest at numerous right wing radio talk stations in Nevada and flip flopped, telling a caller that Social Security is indeed "a Ponzi pyramid scheme." Then, he goes somewhere else and states the opposite.

    June 21, 2011 -- Deafening silence after two weeks. Not one single peep from Congressman Heck. Hiding from the media and people during this time off from Congress. Especially after his disastrous comments about Social Security being "a Ponzi based pyramid scheme."

    Surprisingly came out today leading a charge for President Obama to get troops out of Libya, introducing some bill about it. The truth of the matter is this is basically a waste of time because it's not going to get past the Senate, nor will it pass approval from the President, besides the fact there are actually no American troops in Libya. The main thing to note here is that Congressman Heck would absolutely love for people to concentrate attention on this and what he says, and to forget what he says about Social Security being "a pyramid scheme." He is desperate to get away from that.

    June 13, 2011 -- Congressman Jeff Landry (R-LA) composed a freshman coalition letter to stop all recess appointments by President Obama during the entire 112th Congress. Guess who signs it? Congressman Heck. He is now on record to fight any and all appointments for vital posts to conduct American business, but not only that, but to make sure the President doesn't conduct recess appointments.

    June 24, 2011 - Voted to reject a proposed Democratic amendment to the report that would have required the committee to support maintaining or increasing funding for job creation and training programs under the Workforce Investment Act. In this vote, Tea/Republicans basically shot down an amendment that would have helped create jobs, in essence turned their backs on greater support for adult education, literacy programs and dislocated workers. Congressman Heck, in his vote to reject, just slapped every unemployed worker in Nevada silly and could care less about them.

    June 27, 2011 -- The only good thing I can say about my Congressman is that out of just about 478 roll call votes to this day, he hasn't missed a single vote.

    To be continued.....

  5. July 4, 2011 -- It should be noted that there is absolutely no rating on Representative Heck at all. And this goes back to 2010. Way before he was elected. On a Project Vote Smart website which tabulates voting records of all members of Congress, stances on issues and positions they espouse, it states that he refused to tell Nevada citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders, he refused to fill one out. He ignored them all and decided not to go on record for any position at all. Big snow job on Nevada CD3 voters, you ask me. It should also be noted that still, to this day, he hasn't went down officially on record for a position on any damn thing. The only way you can figure him out is when he votes. And even that ain't a good gauge.

    July 8, 2011 -- Voted on a bill to slow down passage of any regulation to get out of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in the military. It basically slows down repeal of DADT and reaffirms a Federal ban on gay marriage.

    July 19, 2011 -- Voted to cut off funding for Yucca Mountain Project. Also, attempted to put an amendment on there to have research performed to reprocess nuclear waste for re-use. Amendment failed and was tossed.

    Also, voted for "Cut, Cap and Balance" budget plan. This bill is a total waste. It only furthers the Ryan Plan times ten and only seeks to destroy Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, while at the same time lowering the tax cuts for the rich even more. In other circles, this bill is called "Duck, Dodge and Dismantle." It won't pass Senate. Nor would the President on his worst day ever sign it.

    Also, voted to approve making the largest cut in American history to the Pell Grants. Heck is now all across the board for equal opportunity hatred. He hates education and students also.

    To be continued....

  6. July 20, 2011 -- Voted for a bill that authorizes capping the Transportation Department's Essential Air Service subsidy at $1,000.00 per passenger. By doing this, it immediately targeted closing down Ely, Nevada airport for an indefinite time. This now effectively destroys the economy of that town, making it virtually hopeless for them to even initiate any more steps for economic recovery. This bill was only meant to bust unions and nothing else. Because of this bill, the Ely Airport will cause FAA to lose its authority to operate, has to shut down temporarily and thousands of employees will end up furloughed.

    July 25, 2011 -- Work on the new control tower at McCarran Airport here in Las Vegas was stopped. Mainly, because the Congress failed to pass legislation that would have freed up money to fund the Federal Air Administration. This effectively put 1,252 construction workers on furlough. With no earthly clue when they will get employment ever again for jobs there at McCarran Airport.

    July 29, 2011 -- Voted for the Boehner Plan to raise the debt ceiling. But it added on stupid stuff like doing this same debacle again in six months, along with yet another thinly veiled attempt to dismantle, defund and destroy Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

    Here's from Heck's lips from the House floor: "We have dollar-for-dollar cuts, no new taxes, and accountability ... Those are the three things I wanted to see, and those three things are there," Heck said. "I don't know how anybody would want to see our nation default, have its credit rating degraded, and increase the cost of lending to their people back home."

    Inevitably, voted to raise the debt ceiling.

    To be continued....

  7. August 2, 2011 -- Received a letter from Congressman Heck. His main focus was to scare me into thinking Medicare will bankrupt itself and it's in crisis mode. So, therefore, without actually saying it out loud, Congressman Heck has this letter that basically states he fully supports the Ryan Plan to end Medicare and replace it with an inferior voucher program, all thinly veiled to make sure that more and more tax cuts go to the filthy rich. The real purpose Congressman Heck wants is to destroy Medicare in its entirety.

    Congressman Heck simply doesn't want Medicare saved. He wants to make money off of it with his rich buddies.

    The letter goes on to make sure I understand this plan will not abolish Medicare, the plan will not cut benefits to seniors and the plan will replace Medicare with a voucher system. It will abolish Medicare. And the voucher system proposed will in fact be inferior in future generations to serve any purpose. Well, except to benefit Tea/Republicans in office.

    The rest of the letter just hits those stupid talking points that only serve his interest.

    I was also conveniently provided some stupid postcard that I was supposed to fill out to tell my esteemed Congressman what I'm interested about.

    Okay. You got it, Heck.

    I filled out the card that accompanied the letter by my brain dead Congressman Heck.

    It had a bunch of blocks constituents could check to tell him what their concerns are and what areas he should address in Congress.

    With an indelible black Sharpie, I wrote in big letters across the whole back of it, "JOBS AND THE ECONOMY!"

    Off to the side, with a regular pen, I wrote, "If you don't know this is a priority then you have no business in Congress."

    I have to admit I was tempted to use more flowery adjectives and adverbs learned from past experience in the U.S. Navy (I'm a retired Veteran), but I kept it PG rated. It required immense self-restraint though.

    I mailed it.

    I just hope others did also.

    I guess I am now content with the fact that his staffers will frantically be collecting them all and piling them up in a dipsy-dumpster somewhere in Washington, DC; forgotten forever because it didn't fit with an extreme and radical agenda.

    Congressman Heck has proven he simply doesn't listen. He'll do more to destroy jobs and the economy than help. Because that fits in with the Tea/Republican Party master plan of the complete and utter destruction of President Obama and his entire administration. THAT is their sole and only goal right now.

    To be continued....

  8. August 9, 2011 -- Held somewhat of a town hall somewhere (couldn't figure out where it was though). To sum it up, it went horrible for him. It didn't go as planned. Protesters were there slamming him for his connections to "big oil." One protester was kicked out for wearing a "Beyond Coal" Sierra Club t-shirt. As a matter of fact, attendees weren't sure if it was private or open to the public. Local constituents weren't permitted to ask questions of their Congressman.

    From all appearances, a consulting firm who works with "big oil" shielded Heck, an elected public servant, from the public.

    Heck said one of our energy problems is that "we can't utilize fracking to its full potential". So our energy solution lies in a dangerous practice going after a limited amount of natural gas? And how is that supposed to help us in Nevada?

    He also explained about the wonders of "clean coal," which is nonsense. There is no such thing as "clean coal." This is just logical common sense. You don't need a degree in physics to figure that out.

    So who does Joe Heck really serve? It doesn't sound like he's doing anything to help us in Nevada. Heck, he won't even listen to us!

    August 27, 2011 -- Participated in his second in a row town hall meeting for only select invited guests with a cover charge to see him. This happened in Sun City Anthem. I'm glad to see he was confronted by protesters outside carrying signs stating that Joe Heck now is a willing participant of only "Pay Per View" town hall meetings.

    The sad thing was what happened to the people who protested. I guess some other people there called security, who in turn called Henderson Police on them. The complaint was that the protesters were "trespassing." Thankfully, no one got roughed up nor slammed in the Henderson Hoosegow.
    Such is life in the Tea/Republican Party hell world of Heck's making. I was glad to see video of this and was reconciled by the fact there are others out there who feel like me about this idiot of a Congressman.

    To be continued....

  9. September 1, 2011 -- Because of the last two town hall meetings by Congressman Heck that required a cover charge, a price for admission, whatever you want to call it, a lot of people in CD3 here are howling mad. People are now affectionately referring to our Congressman as Joe "Pay Per View" Heck.

    I read a blog where a bunch of people decided to counter that by conducting a town hall meeting in an economic devastated area of Las Vegas rife with home/business foreclosures. They decided to have this town hall meeting without Congressman Heck in attendance.

    So, now the Heckless Town Hall meetings have come to fruition.

    September 6, 2011 -- Just two days before President Obama's speech to unveil a large job bill in front of Congress, Mr. Mitt Romney shows up in ravaged North Las Vegas to give his jobs bill, outlined in detail while standing in front a trucking company (that, by the way, sells Japanese truck parts). Guess who shows up to give an introductory speech? You guessed it. Heck. What's wrong with this picture? To match Heck with job creation is pretty much like putting whipped cream on a hotdog. It does not work. This is only a photo op for Representative Heck. An easy one where he says softball stuff that's non-controversial. Because all the attention is on Romney, but he still gets to throw his face out there, and not have to field any serious questions. Not like he would anyways.

    Everyone here in Las Vegas knows that to see your Congressman nowadays usually requires a cover charge nowadays. With Mr. Joe "Pay Per View" Heck, it's even money you won't get a straight answer out of him.

    To be continued....

  10. September 29, 2011 -- Voted on a bill to help destroy America and everything we stand for: The Labor/Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill. The bill has so many attached nonsensical riders, it is basically labeled a cosmic Tea/Republican propaganda effort so much so that you can understand reading hieroglyphics on the side of an Egyptian pyramid better than reading this drivel. In this bill, it deals with cutting for heating services for the poor, requires the repeal of a major provision of the health care law that will help provide assistance for disabled people, halts implementation of the entire law until the U.S. Supreme Court determines the constitutionality of its individual insurance mandate, and basically attacks and slashes the entirety of Planned Parenthood and public broadcasting. The Tea/Republican Party in the House is in a blatant slash and burn tactical frenzy mode. The bill not only has all these dozens of radical legislative riders thrown in there by the Chairman, but they also include kicking hundreds of thousands of students out of the Pell Grants program as well as decimating programs that train unemployed workers to get a new job.

    It doesn't end there. One of the riders in this bill removes regulations that protect workers. In the Injury and Illness Prevention Program, it has been defunded through the Labor Department. From now on, workers can succumb to coal dust, fall from the top of construction projects and other workplace hazards will be allowed to happen.

    This all comes on the heels of the imbecilic Tea/Republican Party majority in the House of Representatives taking America to the brink of shutdown not once, not twice, but now this is the third manufactured crisis.

    October 13, 2011 -- Jobs are still the number one thing coming out of the peoples' lips. As well as coming from President Obama. But Congressman Heck goes into chambers and participates with other brain dead Tea/Republicans pursuing yet another anti-abortion bill. According to the running count now, this makes the seventh bill. And it says the same as all the other six before. I guess the Hyde Amendment is not enough for people who are determined to be in charge of every single vagina, uterus, womb and pubic region of every single woman in America. It's like the next time a female patient goes into a doctor's office, standing off to the side is Congressman Heck with his arms crossed, with a stern look on his face, closely monitoring and imposing his political will on all women. Pretty creepy thought, you ask me.

    To be continued....

  11. October 15, 2011 -- GOOD NEWS! It appears the re-districting offers a light at the end of the tunnel for my endeavor to escape from a Tea/Republican Party hell world of Congressman Heck's making. It seems like I have escaped from him now.

    According to new maps that may be approved shortly, I'm in CD1 for urban Las Vegas.

    Congressman Heck is in CD3 for the southern parts of Nevada to include Henderson and Laughlin.

    GLORY HALLELUJAH!

    November 2011 to present: No word from Congressman Heck on anything. No town halls. Never had them before here in Eastern Las Vegas, but it's reality now and confirmed he doesn't want anything to do with us. No more robotic phone calls. No more telephonic town hall meetings. Why? He knows we're soon to be in a new district. So, that makes ALL of us persona non grata. He can't make money from us anymore. He doesn't have to serve us anymore.

    My journal for the first year of Heck's reign ends here.

    But it don't end for you people in CD3 if you reelect him.

    THIS is the stuff you see out of him. He may say he isn't, but he acts and votes like a member of the Tea Party.

    Get rid of the bum, CD3. Don't say I didn't warn you.

  12. Just outlining the fact this guy is not an inspiration, Future. My journal of Heck's term in office during his first year in office, good and bad, but as people can see, mostly bad, Future.

    People can make up their own minds who to vote for.

    One thing for sure. It ain't Heck.

    Try Ocaguera, CD3. Based on Heck's past performance, you got nothing to lose. Heck's record is abysmal. And it would be nothing but more Tea Party crap.

  13. Not an inpiration now ; just another cranky self dealing physician. Ocegeura can only be better.

  14. Have at it, Future. Be my guest.

    I pointed out Heck's record. You take a shot at outlining Ocaguera's political record.

    You seem to like being a surrogate for Heck. And you also seem to throw out one liners, catch phrases, false statements, propaganda keywords and over-the-top slogans, but I don't see the slightest thing of substance. Just rhetoric not based upon any fact whatsoever.

  15. I've written Heck 5 times in the last 2 years about issues going through congress. 4 of the 5 times I received a reply that was nothing more than a list of tea party talking points. The only time he agreed with me was on SOPA. A congressman who doesn't just tow the party line has not been my experience.

  16. "I've written Heck 5 times in the last 2 years about issues going through congress. 4 of the 5 times"

    I've talked to him twice on the phone in recent times. He and I both agree Assembly Speaker John Ocegeura is slicker than a greased pig and just as full of pork.

    CarmineD

  17. Heck is and will fork over plenty of rents and taxes to his rich medical cronys.

  18. "Harry's not stupid."

    Just "dirty."

    CarmineD

  19. Not sure if anyone notices, but I basically outlined the first year of Heck's predatory record in Congress, but the subsequent comments don't deal with issues.

    They somehow someway somewhere somewho link it with Senator Reid. Who is not the focus of this letter.

    They link it to Mr. Ocaguera, but provide no basis in fact why that is. Other than to point fingers at unions. Ah. Yes. Those right wing talking points of unions, yes, YOOOO NYUNNNNNNSSSSSSS! hate those unions, hate them, hate them, hate unions, HATE UNIONS! But there is no justification for why you should hate them. Well, other than it is a clearcut political effort to defund the left. Because Tea/Republicans hate it when unions mobilize people to vote their useless carcasses out of office.

    Wake up, CD3. Just that first year in office, I kept a journal. Just for something to do. How it turned out that Heck is certified to be nothing but a vampire is not my fault. IT'S ON HIM! It's on the record for all to see. Go ahead and attack me all you want, but the truth is the truth is the truth is the truth. You can't just poo poo it away and say, ah, that damn librul, he don't know what he's talking about.

    You want this to continue, CD3? Vote Heck.

    I say Oceguera is better. And forget this ultra-conservative nutball view that unions are bad, unions are bad, unions are bad, spit, ptoooey, ptoooey, UNIONS ARE BAD! junk.

    To tell the truth, if it weren't for unions, people would go back to the 1800s. Poor pay. Workplace accidents which result in fatalities. Inadequate health care. Long work hours. Little benefits to non-existent. No more sick pay.

    Anyways, I just outlined why Heck is the poor choice. But the main thing is get out there and vote, people. You can fix things. But that vote has to be cast. The worst thing right now to happen is not to make your voice heard at all.