‘Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain'
To the editor:
During the debate at Southwestern Michigan College on Monday Aaron Miller played a great Wizard of Oz but if you look behind the curtain of his pleasant personality you can see his true colors.
Three issues were especially telling:
1. Guns — Aaron co-sponsored a bill to allow concealed carry without a permit. Is this what we really want in Michigan? Do you want to be concerned that any person you meet might be carrying a gun? No matter their background — felonies, mental illness, domestic abuse?
2. Renewable power vs. Coal — Although Aaron didn’t say directly that he doesn’t believe climate change is real, he didn’t seem to think there is any urgency to reduce the amount of fossil fuels we use.
3. Aaron is for automatic retention for third graders who don’t pass a reading test. He thinks it’s a good idea because it worked for his younger sister. There are many reasons a child might not be able to pass a reading test in third grade but keeping them in third grade a second year is not likely to help the problem unless some additional or different instruction is given.
Too often we’re dazzled by the surface of a good looking face and nice personality but we need to pay attention to what’s actually going on behind the curtain. Look into Aaron’s voting record on michiganvotes.org to get a sense of the real man.
The League of Women Voters will be posting a video of the debate on their website: www.lwvbcc.org.