Letter: Talk isn’t cheap after all

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Regarding the Sept. 8 story “Talk to Herrera Beutler, Boehner — for a price: Local ‘roundtable’ $2,500 per person, breakfast $500,” just who has money for this breakfast with Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas? I cannot afford to go to this breakfast and my husband has a job. Certainly the double-digit unemployed of this county are not going to this breakfast. I doubt any unemployed people were invited, certainly not my Iraq veteran son who still has not found a job. The homeless, the underemployed, the struggling families of this district will not be attending.

So, I ask, who are the interested people? Who has the deep pockets for this breakfast at a private home on the Columbia River? With nearly half-a-million dollars in her campaign fund, Herrera Beutler has a guest from out of state — House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. About all Ohio and Southwest Washington have in common is our high unemployment rate. Is Boehner a big money magnet for this junior congresswoman?

If this breakfast was being served at the homeless shelter, far more families would be served, and I would have a donation for that kind of event. Voters need to be aware what special interests are funding the political climate.

Heather A. Lund

Vancouver