LETTER: Elect Democrat Dennis Smith on Nov. 6

I have viewed the public video provided by the League of Women Voters debate between Rep. Aaron Miller (R) and challenger Dennis Smith (D) at SMC on Oct. 18.  It can be seen on YouTube District 59 Miller vs. Smith debate.  I want to point out some of the highlights from that session.

Aaron Miller is proudly the most conservative member of the House in Lansing.  He noted that he often breaks with his party, but most often it’s to the RIGHT of his party.  Below is a short list of Aaron’s positions that he stated in the debate:

Drug epidemic — difficult problem, nothing can be done.

Roads — pretty good, need to raise taxes to do more.

Gun free zones — does not believe in them. Co-sponsored Concealed Carry, No Permit bill.

Protecting MI Water — Flint was a local issue. We’re overseeing our water pretty well.

Health care — good in Michigan.  ER has to treat everybody.

Government controlling a woman’s body — “A fetus is not part of a woman’s body.”    

Line 5 pipeline — Keep it, working fine.

Expunge marijuana convictions if Prop 1 passes — Not a good idea .

Education — No free community college.

When asked what he has done for Cass County in two terms in office, the only accomplishment Aaron noted was that they passed the “High Capacity Water Withdrawal” law this summer that benefits farmers in Cass and St. Joe counties. This is the Nestle bill that allows corporations and farmers to draw high volumes of water from our Great Lakes and our groundwater.

Aaron Miller has a nice smile, a nice family, a ready handshake.  He’s good at showing up and talking to constituents.  But Aaron Miller has not been a good representative for District 59.  His voting record is ultra conservative and that won’t change.  Elect Democrat Dennis Smith on Nov. 6, a thoughtful, compassionate representative for all of us.     

Stacy Lankford

Cassopolis

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan sees 117,910 cases, 6,680 deaths

Berrien County

Niles man gets probation for criminal sexual conduct

Berrien County

Public Safety Warning issued following multiple vehicle break-ins in Berrien County

Dowagiac

DUS approves hire of new Sister Lakes assistant principal

News

Niles Charter Township board approves millages for ballot

Buchanan

Buchanan Art Center donates more than $1,500 to RAM

Dowagiac

DUS approves ICG site improvement plan

News

Niles pastor takes vocals to park

Berrien County

MDARD reminding schools, businesses to only use EPA-approved disinfectants

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan sees 117,406 cases, 6,665 deaths

Dowagiac

Dowagiac City Council authorizes loans for sanitary sewer improvements

News

Local organization hosts voter registration, cookout

Berrien County

Michigan Works! announces support for front line workers

Dowagiac

Sept. 21 Dowagiac weather report

Berrien County

Michigan Teen Safe Driving program enters 10th year

Berrien County

Free virtual cancer symposium open to providers, public

Education

Niles Community Schools’ remote platform allows students to go at own pace

Business

Dowagiac business donates backpacks, school supplies to students in need

Cassopolis

Miss Cassopolis Scholarship Program hosting school supply drive

Berrien County

Berrien County Health department gets blunt on marijuana education, safety

Cass County

Two Dowagiac men sentenced Friday in Cass County Court

Cass County

Cass County works to expand broadband access

Edwardsburg

Ontwa Township passes 2.25 percent millage increase

Berrien County

Local talent development leader honored by Michigan Works! Association