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Republican mailer does not represent Mathias

Readers' Forum
May 03, 2018

 

 

printed 05/04/2018

 

Editor,

The Maryland Republican Party recently disseminated a mailer accusing our State Sen. Jim Mathias of supporting legislation that encouraged the use of opiates and other dangerous drugs. As is the case with most negative political advertising, this allegation is false and grossly misleading.

Like many politicians, Sen. Mathias’ opponent in the upcoming election claimed that she had no involvement in the action of the Republican Party, while failing to disavow the mailer’s false allegations and essentially repeating them in response to questions by the media.

As we are all aware, there is an opioid epidemic in the State of Maryland and on the lower Eastern Shore. Last year, 2,500 of our fellow citizens in this state died from the misuse of these and related drugs. This problem has destroyed families and led to an increase of crime. It is not an issue that can simply be ignored.

A bill was introduced in the last session of the state legislature by Sen. Feldman of Montgomery County to provide a safe, sterile environment for the use of drugs that users had already obtained and to educate them about programs that could help them with their addiction. It is a program that has showed some success in other states in avoiding the tragic consequences of drug use.

Recognizing the importance of the issue, Sen. Mathias initially agreed to co-sponsor the legislation, but upon further scrutiny decided that he could not support it as proposed. These are the facts.

Throughout his career as a public servant serving the citizens of the Eastern Shore, Sen. Mathias has demonstrated time and again his dedication to his constituents and their problems. His willingness to consider legislation to address a problem that is threatening the lives and safety of those he represents should be applauded, not condemned.

In the last election, Norm Conway – a valued and dedicated member of the Maryland House of Delegates representing the Eastern Shore – fell victim to false and salacious advertising paid for by the Republican State Party and outside political action committees. We cannot allow this to happen again.

Howard Sribnick

Berlin

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