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As the midterm elections approach, I asked myself: "Who is Rep. Mike Nearman and who does he really represent?"

After searching the Democrat-Herald's website for "Mike Nearman," I found just three brief listings, one announcing his plan to run for re-election this year, and two others about the same meeting he planned to attend.

I also read in the Salem paper that Mike Nearman refused to conduct an interview and hung up the phone on the reporter.

This is the opposite behavior we need from our Oregon state House representative from the 23rd District. We need absolute transparency and effective communication practices such as using and respecting the media. The media are not the enemy of the people. This, combined with his voting to eliminate school lunches and against net neutrality, smacks of someone in the pocket of special interests.

The most critical issue to me is prescription drug prices. As a recently retired senior on Medicare, drug pricing is a complete mystery and it frightens me every time I submit a prescription. Nearly every day the news is filled with stories of big pharma ripping off consumers like myself.

So where does the 23rd District's representative, Mike Nearman, stand on this issue? He stands with big pharma, voting to restrict transparency in drug pricing.

I have the power of my vote and my vote will be for Danny Jaffer, a change we need to improve the everyday lives of the good people of the 23rd District.

Michael G. Mooney

Turner (Oct. 10) 

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