State Sen. Tom McInnis should spend a little more time in Moore County instead of spouting off the GOP party line of the “Socialists are coming!” He might be surprised that our community doesn’t need his proposed Senate Bill 367.

His bill, which allows Big Brother legislators in Raleigh to overrule our local regulations, is the epitome of a bill by an out-of-touch politician who forgoes local needs to let the state legislature be the “decider” of all things.

The irony is thick when he attempts to hang the extreme liberalism label on his opponent, Helen Probst Mills, as too “out of touch to represent our values in Raleigh.”

Sen. McInnis, where is your bill that will help Moore County residents’ access to affordable health care through expansion of Medicaid? Where is your bill that will increase funding for our county schools? Where is your bill that will help create more treatment and resource options for the opioid crisis in Moore County?

Those are Helen Probst Mills’ values, and those are Moore County’s needs. Sen. McInnis needs to understand our values are measured in this county by improving the daily lives of the residents, not in tree removal.

Diane New, Pinehurst

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