Your Opinion: Apology to congressman on Fair Tax

Dear Editor:

An apology to Congressman Luetkemeyer:

In December, 2010, I impugned Congressman Luetkemeyer’s integrity by claiming he had broken his promise to co-sponsor the Fair Tax. I now apologize for doing so. Here is the reason why: I was not present when he allegedly promised to co-sponsor HR 25 after the 2010 election.

I realize now that the only people who should have written that editorial were the people actually in the room and involved in the conversation at the time. I sincerely believe all parties involved think their memory of that discussion is correct. Such is human nature. Since I was not there, it was wrong of me to impugn Congressman Luetkemeyer’s integrity based on what others reported regardless of my trust in their veracity.

Furthermore, Congressman Luetkemeyer’s record clearly demonstrates his commitment to job creation and tax reform. Being awarded the Spirit of Enterprise Award, the Guardian of Small Business Award and the Defender of Economic Freedom Award is validation of his commitment. He has co-sponsored the bill to repeal the 16th Amendment.

When Congressman Luetkemeyer addressed the Lincoln Days celebration in Columbia in 2010, his concern for this country’s future encouraged me to become more active with the MO Fair Tax as a way of doing something positive for my country.

I will continue to work for the passage of the Fair Tax as well as seek Congressman Luetkemeyer’s support for HR25. Perhaps someday he will decide to co-sponsor HR25.

No matter what his decision will be, it will be made with integrity.

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