Re: Anderson visits Fallbrook to talk about local issues [Village News, letter, 6/1/17]

On May 18, I co-hosted the Town Hall Coffee event with our State Senator, Joel Anderson. On June 2, The Village News posted (online) a letter by Pennie Leachman. Ms. Leachman stated that she was disappointed in the Senator’s “canned answers”. What we heard that night were genuine answers from a genuine man. Perhaps Ms. Leachman mistook prepared, thought-out, and consistent with “canned”.

Ms. Leachman states she was offended by his answer to a question by Maj. Gen. Anthony Jackson, USMC(Ret) about California policy to tax military retirement. Senator Anderson joked that “he could solve that problem if you made me Governor” (which actually would be a pretty good idea!).

He used an example of how unfriendly to veterans our state legislature and government are by pointing out how alcohol sales in veterans halls are taxed. Ms. Leachman claimed it was just a canned answer, when what really happened was that Senator Anderson used this detailed answer as just an example of the many veteran-unfriendly laws and policies this state has, which he is working to change. His joke was just using humor and was said in a respectful way to illustrate the problem with our one-party (I will add “Democrat”) controlled legislature in getting good, sensible policies enacted.

Senator Anderson took every question he was asked and kept his promise to stay as late as needed to talk with anyone at the meeting and discuss with them their questions in depth after the meeting was over. The meeting was a success.

Senator Anderson is a man of impeccable principles. We are very fortunate to be represented by him as he displays those principles as he represents us in the California State Senate.  As an elected official here in Fallbrook, he sets a high example and standard for me.

Lee J. De Meo
Fallbrook Union High School Board Trustee
Fallbrook Community Planning Group Member

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