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Saturday, June 15, 2024

There’s been a lot of talk about Senate minority leader Michael Christ’s comments concerning the new Taco Libre Party. Some have said he’s angry, whiny and unprofessional. Others have a few more choice words for him. As the people who elected him to represent us in the Senate, we couldn’t be more proud. He’s telling it like it is.

And that’s what he promised to do when he ran to represent Murphree in the Senate. He promised to be an independent voice in the Senate, and he has delivered. He’s willing to work against, and more importantly, work with both parties to get things done. We couldn’t be happier with what he’s done so far.

He’s cut waste from requests on the allocations committee, he’s expanded paper recycling in our area, he’s initiated bipartisan cooperation in the senate, and he’s made Murphree residents feel included in the process.

SG could use some more straight talkers. Christ is willing to call out anyone, regardless of political affiliation, who he feels isn’t fighting in the best interests of students.

Students pay the fees that fund SG. Political parties, regardless of their perspective on SG corruption, should come to the voters with solid plans on how they’d spend that money.

Some people may want to have fun with the millions of dollars our student fees make up by offering up just a single, mocking platform point.

We’re just happy to have a senator who will continue to fight to make sure every dollar is used effectively — even if it takes ruffling a few feathers to get it done.

[A version of this letter to the editor ran on page 7 on 2/3/2014 under the headline "Murphs for Mike"]

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