Sen. Benjamin Cardin calls for civility, something that no one could oppose [“Civility, cooperation must be priorities in Congress,” Nov. 21]. However, what is most important in a legislator is not civility but backbone and commitment to the people who elected him. I hope that Cardin will fight for these core principles corresponding to what the people of Maryland want: 1) Creating jobs through investments in education and infrastructure and through addressing the threat of climate change; 2) Protecting and expanding the safety network — and avoiding benefit, cost-of-living changes or eligibility cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid; 3) Enacting a fair tax system; and 4) Reducing abuses in Pentagon spending, including the purchase and expansion of weapons systems that we don’t need, and bringing our troops home from Afghanistan now, not in two years time when more of them will have been needlessly killed and injured.
Good manners are nice, but political courage in support of the people is what we need most.
Jean Athey, Brookeville
The writer is with the Maryland Coalition to Fund Our Communities, Bring the War Dollars Home.