EDITOR'S NOTE-> The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the Standard-Times for publication in the September 6 issue. Unfortunately, because of a lack of space, not all letters submitted were printed.
To the Editor:
This is in response to a letter that appeared in several newspapers that service the North Kingstown area. I find it particularly objectionable that the writer chose to discredit the political viability of Sharon Gamba’s primary bid to House Seat 32 based upon the fact that she and her husband own and operate a business in Cranston that repairs collision damaged vehicles.
Mrs. Gamba also has a separate business endeavor in North Kingstown (Once in a Blue Moon Antiques) that she has successfully run for the past 13 years.
Why was that not mentioned?
Sharon Gamba is well respected by the North Kingstown business community and has much to offer the residents and businesses of North Kingstown. Yes, Sharon Gamba is painfully aware of how hard it is to successfully run a family business, and the obstacles that have to be overcome.
The past experience that Mrs. Gamba has had regarding the challenges of owning and managing a collision repair shop may give Mrs. Gamba a special insight about the interaction between the insurance industry and that of the auto body repair industry but it does not make her insensitive or unresponsive to the needs of the people and businesses in the district that she wants to represent, nor does it make her less qualified as a candidate for elected office.
I would like to make the readers aware that the piece of legislation (H7782) that the writer refers to as being “snuck through the General Assembly” was heard in both the House and Senate and both sides of the bill were given ample opportunity to argue their points on the State House floor while live camera coverage was broadcast for all of the residents of Rhode Island to observe.
Our Senators and Representatives listened to the facts presented and found ample merits to this Bill. It was passed by a 2-1 margin.
The average Rhode Island citizen did not get to listen to the arguments presented, only the negative information that was spread afterwards.
I am hopeful that the voters of North Kingstown will look at the issues clearly and without bias and find fundamental reasons to go to the poles and make a much needed change in North Kingstown politics by voting for Sharon Gamba.
North Kingstown, RI