Thursday July 5, 2018
Senator should listen to constituents when considering vote on Supreme Court justice.
When U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey was elected, he was charged with serving all the people he represents, not just those who share his political philosophy.
Now he will be asked to make the most important decision of his career. He will be among those to decide who will sit on America's Supreme Court, a person who will make judgments that will affect our society for generations.
I'd like Toomey to consider my thoughts.
I believe we should not go backwards on decisions such as Roe v. Wade, as that court ruling speaks to a woman's fundamental rights and liberties that must continue to be protected for future generations.
I believe we must protect our children by making sure they have clean air to breathe and adequate health care and that we must protect our economy by not causing trade wars with other countries.
We must ensure humanitarian immigration policies that protect our borders and the people who want to be a part of us.
These are critical times in which the checks and balances of three branches of government count more than ever because we have a president who has blurred the lines of the law, civility and the truth.
Toomey has a chance to do something meaningful by carefully measuring the open mindedness, fairness and respect for the rule of law in the nomination that comes before him.
I expect the senator to fight for what's just and fair for all Americans.
Doris Gallippi Heckman
Toomey is facing pivotal decision