Citizen Editorial: July 29, 2014

As I was handing out fliers for Dan Griffey, a candidate for the State House, a woman approached me, "How can you be a Republican and a woman?" She asked, then quickly turned and left not waiting for an answer. Well, I would like to answer her. Her 1st mistaken assumption was that I was a Republican. I am not. As a conservative many Republicans and I have common goals.
As a woman, I want to see my tax dollars respected for the work that went into earning it as the members of my household do.
As a woman, and an American, I want the freedom to follow my faith (by the way faith is not a tradition, but a fundamental belief) and not be forced to violate that faith in my personal or business practices.
As a woman, I cherish the life that women are given to nurture and mentor from the moment life begins. At that point a woman's role is to protect and care for the gift they are given.
Now this lady I met today may not agree with me on any of the above ideas, which is her right; yet I am sure we would have found common ground as women and fellow human beings if we took the time. That is what makes America resilient.
Like her, I do not want choices made for me, or assumptions made of me because I am a woman. I endorse Dan Griffey, yet I hope my thoughts in this letter will not be assumed to be Mr. Griffey's. Though we do agree on many things, he too is an independent thinker, but then he is a guy, so his thoughts may not be predetermined by the liberal left like mine are.  
Lorilyn Rogers, Shelton

July 29, 2014