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Where is John Garamendi?

By From page A8 | March 17, 2014

The barrage of election year articles in the 3rd Congressional District have led me to question: Where is John Garamendi?

With this election year and a challenger, he has had a few two-hour town meetings at odd times, limiting participation.

Arguably he is the vastly experienced congressman, ex-insurance commissioner, that read and voted for the Affordable Care Act. He knew he was also giving himself a special perk that pays 75 percent of his health care even though he makes $174,000. Why is he not using Obamacare that he voted for?

It is reported that he is the congressional record-holder with more than $70,000 in private-sponsor travel, most recently to the Caribbean and touted as not costing the taxpayers a dime. What he fails to realize is he is costing his constituents his time! It is interesting to note his latest travel was along side Rep. George Miller, who is retiring from Congress. Perhaps Mr. Garamendi is focused elsewhere.

His recent award from the heavy water users, the rice growers, indicates he must be doing something in California.

Why did he spend time to sponsor a cruise ship travel bill when he must know that the water shortage is critical? He doesn’t like Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnel proposal so, with his vast experience, why could he not have reduced his travels and found time to take a leadership role from his important position on the House Agriculture Committee? Stay local and tour the water-starved Central Valley at taxpayers expense to actually help the farmers.

California is one of the largest economies in the world. It is time for Mr. Garamendi to report for duty.

Paul Thoren


Letter to the Editor


Discussion | 6 comments

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  • BobMarch 17, 2014 - 6:09 am

    It's our very own "where's Waldo?" Why is it that every time voter districts get realigned the people we get to vote for live so far away they have no idea what our area needs to improve

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  • Mike KirchubelMarch 17, 2014 - 10:46 am

    Wow. Why is Garamendi not using Obamacare? Nobody is. It may be news to you, but there is no health insurance plan called "Obamacare." These healthcare plans that people are purchasing are all provided by private insurance companies, just like the Republicans wanted. I can't believe that there are still people repeating that lame Foxism so late in the game. I would call that a real Romney zinger or a Palin gotcha. Change the channel.

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  • Mr. PracticalMarch 17, 2014 - 8:32 pm

    It's obvious the writing meant, why isn't he using the exchange. But I think you knew that.

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  • Mr. PracticalMarch 17, 2014 - 8:35 pm

    Come to think of it... all federal employees under 40 should be mandated to buy through the exchanges. Then they would only be about 10 percent short of their goal. And we need another mandate.

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  • Mr. SmithMarch 17, 2014 - 8:43 pm

    That's right, Mr. P: We haven't had an Obama mandate changing his "law of the land" without congressional approval in, what--a couple of days now?

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  • mike kirchubelMarch 17, 2014 - 9:41 pm

    Why in the world would you expect anyone to use the exchange when they already have health insurance? But i think you already knew the writer's point was flawed.

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