I am writing to express my outrage at discovering that Representative Tom Reed (R) called me and other concerned citizens “extreme arrogant liberals” on his Facebook campaign page after a peaceful rally (organized by Citizens for a Better Southern Tier) was held outside his office on Wednesday, Nov. 29. The rally’s purpose was to encourage Mr. Reed to oppose the tax bill that was being debated.

The people that Reed characterized as “extreme arrogant liberals” were in fact some very kind, peaceful, and well-spoken presenters and attendees. The speakers at the rally included two local ministers who were decidedly non-arrogant, as were the teacher and the AFL-CIO union representative. The crowd of approximately 80 people stood peacefully as we listened to the local minister speak about his concern that the proposed tax plan will actually increase taxes and hurt services for his congregation and for regular working people. He’s concerned about his church's ability to meet the needs of the community with the church’s food bank.

We listened to the speakers explain that the ultra-rich and corporations, Tom Reed’s main source of campaign money, are the ones who will benefit from the tax bill. The bottom line is this: Tom Reed is supporting this tax bill because it is what his fat cat donors want. He doesn’t care about our opinions. The corporations, the lobbyists, and the rich want this bill and Tom Reed wants their money.

I know that Mr. Reed thinks that calling me an “extreme arrogant liberal” is an insult. If caring about working people and not wanting their taxes to increase so the ultra-rich and corporations can put even more money in the bank then call me an “extreme arrogant liberal.” If caring that Mr. Reed refuses to break ranks with Donald Trump even though his behavior becomes more erratic, unhinged, and dangerous on a daily basis then call me an “extreme arrogant liberal.” And if caring about being a decent human being makes me an “extreme arrogant liberal,” I am fine with that too.

Janice Vitale,

Bath