BY BUDDY NEVINS
On April 20, I wrote a post which criticized state House candidate Yomin Postelnik for using his campaign to discuss national and international issues rather than concentrating on state issues.
Postelnik responded with this open letter to Browardbeat.com readers and voters in northeast Broward’s House District 91.
The original post is here.
The letter is below. The language and grammer is Postelnik’s. I broke up some of the paragraphs to make it easier to read, added one comment in parenthesis and bold faced one sentence:
Hope you’re having a good weekend. I’d value speaking with you for a few minutes at your convenience. My campaign is based on bringing forward common sense solutions across the board. While we advocate vociferously for what we believe in, we also bring forward actual proposals and don’t just offer rhetoric.
With regard to the proposed bill of censure (Postelnik proposes censuring Barack Obama in the Florida House), being that radicals have declared their intentions to wage war against the Western World as a whole and being that weakness in the face of hostile aggression only serves to embolden the aggressors, pressuring Israel does not serve American interests. In fact, it jeopardizes the safety of Americans at home; including Floridians I do not inject race or culture into the terror debate.
My goal is to advance common sense solutions to protect us from terror, such as the comprehensive shoreline surveillance plan that I laid out in my platform on the first day of my campaign. I’d also like to streamline the flow of information from local law enforcement as it relates to terror.
That said, it is the duty of all local leaders to speak up against injustices. A state rep. who alerted people to the horrors of Stalin’s gulags as it related to US-Soviet relations in the 1950s or to the horrors of Nazism in the early 40s would have been doing the right thing. Terrorists who have targeted women and children, are whose efforts are praised by neighboring parties, need to be called out for what they are if the United States is to involve itself in any attempt to broker “peace.
As far as American interests are concerned, we’d be better off staying out of regional talks and leaving it to the involved parties to resolve their conflict. Such a policy would also be more conducive to bringing about actual peace as well. At the same time, weakness in the face of terror makes us the primary target. As even Sen. Charles Schumer has noted, this administration’s message of appeasement can only serve to beget contempt. This weakens our own safety and it is the job of a state representative to intervene when necessary.
I recognize that we may disagree on this.
I only take issue with the idea that the campaign is being used as a sounding board for certain issues. I’m the only candidate who wrote a financial literacy course that was approved as a supplemental by the school board and that was used by the United Way. I’m the only candidate with a comprehensive economic blueprint, which is linked to right on my homepage. We have not gone out of our way to court lobbyists. We’ve asked people to walk with us, to donate signs and the like. I believe that our campaign is unique and advocates for the needs of the people. The solutions that we propose have been well thought out and I would value your specific thoughts on any of these issues.
Looking forward to hearing from you,