Letter to the editor.
This is a letter to the editor from Richard Paul Moore of Ithaca. To submit opinion letters, please review our letters policy here and submit them to Managing Editor Thomas Giery Pudney at tgpudney@ithacavoice.com.

Make your own choice. His responses to the three issues below might affect your thinking.

In May, 2015, Tom sent me a response regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). He, or his staff, wrote a well-structured letter that never answered my question about fair trade practices.  He told me about the process, yet nothing about its impact on fair trade, sustainable development, and fair wages in all countries involved. Strike one.

In May, 2019, I sent a letter and requested that he read the Mueller Report, understand the implications of it, and become the second Republican to support the impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump. He responded by purporting that the indictment of 12 Russians dealt with the Mueller Report and then obfuscated about his real focus being on his bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus.’  Nice words, no actions to address my concerns, or our District, or the entire country! He could not see the reality that was unfolding before his eyes. Or he chose to not see it unfolding. Either way, strike two.

In 2020, there has been validated evidence that the Russians are paying bounties for the deaths of U.S. servicemen, and possibly servicewomen. It is my understanding that Tom’s office has taken no position on this verified reporting by the New York Times. You may have seen the phrase “Silence is Violence” during the recent Black Lives Matter protests. His non-response, his not taking a stand against Mr. Trump, is behavioral support of Russia! Translated another way, he is supporting Russia’s policy to kill our military members. Translated one more time: he is complicit in the murders of members of the U.S. MIlitary by not speaking out against it. This is a full swing & miss: strike three.

For me, Tom is OUT, based on five years of consistent non-performance. He appears not to have the ability, desire (or both) to create and maintain visionary, strategic, proactive responses to symptoms that arise on his watch as our Representative. He could provide good action. He pretends that the talk in “his” caucus is action. It is not. For me, his focus stops at the tip of his nose. His attention seems to be holding on to power & control, in order to foster myopic interests with inappropriate or even incorrect policies. Self-serving behavior would be an understatement.

Three strikes: he shows himself to be OUT.

Richard Paul Moore

Ithaca