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A choice for US Senate

To the Editor,

It boggles the mind, but in this year, the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, we currently have a Senator who has repeatedly voted against equal pay for women, raising the minimum wage, health care, and women’s reproductive freedoms.

While women have been disproportionately impacted by job losses during the pandemic, Capito has stood with Mitch McConnell in refusing to even bring the HEROES Act for a vote — that’s the pandemic relief bill that passed the House months ago, and provides for hazard pay for essential workers, funding for school safety and remote learning, and more. Instead, she and Mitch are pushing a different bill, one that protects businesses from legal action if they unnecessarily put their workers at risk. Capito wants to make sure that if you work in a job that is not remote (54% of women who work are in jobs that can’t be done remotely) you have no legal recourse if your work doesn’t provide you with safe conditions causing you get sick.

It’s the same excuse Capito gave for voting against equal pay for women. She didn’t want women to be able to sue. Shelley Moore Capito has lost her West Virginia values. She lives in a different world than the rest of us, and we need someone in the Senate who knows the importance of this relief bill… not just for women, but also for first responders, and teachers, and kids, and all the rest of us. Actually, I’d wager Capito knows the importance. But when it comes down to she gets paid by special interests to vote against our interests here in West Virginia.

That’s why I’ll be voting for the working class coal-miner’s daughter with West Virginia values: Paula Jean Swearengin for Senate.

Dr. Heather Stone

Bethany

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