A recent GOP survey shows 7th District U.S. Rep. Tom Rice has less than a 45 percent approval rating. This indicates our district is a target-rich environment for Democratic Party candidate Mal Hyman. Mal is well-positioned to replace the dysfunctional Tom Rice.
Unlike Tom Rice, Mal does not endorse offshore oil seismic testing and drilling in the South Atlantic, nor will he ever support gambling away our beautiful beaches that bring millions of tourists and dollars into our communities. Risking economic viability and a healthy environment does not concur with Mal's “Common Sense for the Common Good” way of thinking. Meaning, it makes no sense for Tom Rice to support seismic testing and offshore oil drilling in the very face of his constituents' opposition.
Democratic candidate Mal Hyman listens to the needs and wishes of the people he will represent. Mal hears the farmers' requests for government aid due to the severe losses incurred by flooding. Mal hears the great need for quality education in areas impacted by lack of economic growth. Mal hears the pain expressed by the African American community over the pain experienced in an unjust criminal justice system. Mal hears the silence from our State officials to our needs.
The time has come to talk about quality of life issues and the welfare of all people, all of the time. When politicians only represent business interests, many are left out. Mal hears the need for a minimum wage increase and the need for more jobs in the Seventh Congressional District. Let's not just talk about road repairs, life saving infrastructure needs, affordable medical care, affordable life saving drugs, mental health services, and the needs of our elderly. Let's elect someone who will get the job done!
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Has Tom Rice heard us? I know he has found time to “talk” about impeaching President Obama, repealing the Affordable Care Act, lowering the national debt, and a number of other topics. Yet, he has not found the time to address the issues important to those he was elected to represent. Big money through big oil is what he talked mostly about. Remember, he said “Let's see what's out there.”
As a woman, I am thrilled to hear a Democratic candidate state women have the right to make their own medical decisions without the moral righteous intrusion of those who would condemn her and her child should she need medical and financial assistance. Also, a woman deserves equal pay for equal work and all our daughters and granddaughters can aspire to becoming President of the United States of America.
“Common Sense for the Common Good' is essential and imperative to our success in making our district a place we can be proud to call home for everyone. Remember, progress is not in the foreseeable future if Tom Rice remains in office. Let's go bold! Vote for Mal Hyman and make our district a success story.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.