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Not intimidated by attempts to smear | Letters | Sept. 10

Mr. Burkholder’s letter (“In with consensus, out with ideology,” Sept. 3) fails on both counts. In Hollywood parlance, he has “jumped the shark.” With 70 days until Nov 2, he resorts to what other political operatives save for the homestretch: the politics of personal destruction with his erratic smear charges of racism and discrimination.

With no room to sink further as panic sets in, Mr. Burkholder, what now? Shame, shame. And what Mr. Burkholder must do is refrain from the ugly smear. Do you agree, Ms. Rolfes?

My personal and professional life stand testament that I support and respect all individuals – including and most importantly the unborn. As a devout Roman Catholic here at St. Cecilia’s, I continue to follow Jesus’ challenge to love thy neighbor. I understand and adhere to this call.

In addition I will continue to speak for the needy and underprivileged and work as a legislator to further those programs. My abilities as a consensus builder, diplomat and problem-solver have served me well in my roles as senior military officer and member of various communities.

I stand by my distinguished 30-year military career, my strong defense of constitutional rights and the need for educational reform and excellence.

Now the matter of Robert Freitag (“Beware of candidate who emails too much,” Sept. 3) being traumatized by my forcing out by email information about my campaign stance on Ms. Rolfes’ vote for $800,000,000 in 2010 in new regressive taxes and complete failure to deal with the state’s dire fiscal crisis.

If my memory serves me correctly, Mr. Freitag, as a paid advertiser and member of the Chamber of Commerce, invited the public to speak to him or to buy his services or widgets. I took him up on his invitation to talk to him at his advertised email address.

I will continue to push out campaign information to constituents. I make no apologies of my effort to speak to the voters. Did Ms. Rolfes primary political mailers (part of her $50,000 campaign effort) going to Mr. Freitag’s home also cause dismay?

James M. Olsen

Candidate, 23rd LD, Pos. 2

Fort Ward

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