It is time for the public to hear and compare the positions of the candidates for the 21st Congressional District seat. In order to go to the polls as educated voters, we need to hear the positions of both Richard Freiman and Elton Gallegly. The incumbent has repeatedly refused to debate or participate in a candidate forum with Richard Freiman, including those put on by the League of Women Voters.
In a local newspaper recently, Gallegly was quoted saying he would not participate in a debate on KADY-TV, even when the station offered to do it by satellite from Washington, D.C., because it was too last-minute and he did not have time to prepare. Why, after almost four years in Congress, do you need much preparation time to answer questions about the issues that face you daily in Congress?
In that article he also was quoted stating that he doesn't need to debate his opponent, Richard Freiman, because people can just go look up his record, that he will stand on his record. How many people are really going to take the time to look up the congressional record of a candidate? That is ludicrous! There are many people in this district who do not know how he has voted in Congress.
FAYE HARWIN, Westlake Village