Lakeville Journal: Retired teachers, non-elitists support Maria Horn

First appeared in the Lakeville Journal on 10/25/2018 here.

Letter to the Editor:

Maria Horn was not born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She was raised in Ohio in a family that, like so many of ours, was touched by tragedy and all its complicated emotional fallout. Her father worked as a civil servant. Her mom was a homemaker. Her mother instilled in her the importance of education. Maria, with the help of Pell grants and her own work ethic and tenacity, went on to university and law school. Instead of going to a large corporate firm upon graduation from law school, Maria chose to become a federal prosecutor. Google the difference in pay. She has always been about service.

Locally, Maria may not be a volunteer firefighter, but she helped raise money for the new firehouse in Lakeville. Now that her children are more independent, she wants to be of further service to us in the 64th district.

It saddens me that Tom Morrison, in a letter published last week, dismisses as elitist the accomplishments of a woman who pulled herself up by her bootstraps to be successful. Is he saying a highly educated and competent woman could not be a highly effective legislator representing all of us?  

My husband and I became teachers not to become rich. Kiau grew up in Singapore in an attap hut with a dirt floor, no electricity or running water and an outhouse “out back”. My mother, through incredible resourcefulness, was able to feed us three children when my father never knew when his next paycheck would arrive. That’s why we love pig’s feet, chicken feet and all the other “parts” Chinese love to eat.

We, non-elitists, strongly support Maria Horn because she supports active and retired teachers, affordable housing, strong public schools, jobs and small businesses, and a clean environment, to name a few issues. She will not only be helpful to us locally but she will be a very strong voice for ALL our needs in Hartford. Join us in voting for Maria Horn on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Jo and Kiau Loi

Lakeville

EditorMeghan FlanaganEditor