Republicans nationwide and in our county are proud of the philanthropic work we perform. When I hear reports that Republicans don’t care about the poor, I cringe.
Let me enlighten why Republicans have a unique approach to helping people. We believe in people. We believe in the “American Spirit”. We believe that helping people in need is as important as bringing people out of need.
Food stamps, subsidized housing and welfare should provide help to strengthen our needy to become strong viable citizens for our communities. They can then further help others in need. Keeping people in the subsidy system keeps them controlled and dependent.
Also, working the system has become quite popular. Many have very valid reasons for being in the system and use it honorably; however, I do not think it is a place to have tenure for most.
Republicans believe in supporting business so our communities can be vibrant, with services provided by taxes and private endeavors. That is often interpreted as favoring the rich. I would suggest asking if any business owner running a business in this economy feels privileged after working the 80-hour week needed to stay open.
I praise business owners who stay in the fight, providing jobs and taxes to our community. Remember them when you hire someone on the side who does not report income. You are hurting the tax paying businesses and your community.
Now get out there and serve our community, feed the hungry and house the needy. You can do it better than the government. You will find out we have so much in common.
Michelle Loftus, San Juan Island
— Editor’s note: Ms. Loftus is chairwoman of SJC Republican Party.