Dear Editor,

I am writing to point out my concerns about the performance of our local congressmen in Carbon County in response to their voting records on retiree issues. As a volunteer for the Pennsylvania Alliance for Retired Americans, I feel that the interests of seniors should be held in high regard by our representatives, but that is not what is happening in some cases.

Case in point, according to the 2013 voting record from the alliance, Lou Barletta has a lifetime score of just 7 percent in voting in line with the interests of retirees.

Clearly, this shows that Barletta is not representing the senior population correctly. On the other hand, Congressman Matt Cartwright has a score of 100 percent since taking office.

Like many other votes, Barletta failed to represent the interests of seniors when he supported both health care repeal proposals. Had these proposals gone into effect, we would have lost many pro-retiree provisions that the Affordable Care Act includes.

Unlike Barletta, Cartwright was against these repeals, knowing that they would bring back co-pays and deductibles for preventive screening that otherwise would have been eliminated, and reopened the Part D prescription drug "doughnut hole."

While this was one of the many cases in which Barletta failed to represent his senior constituents well, it also shows the engagement of retirees by Cartwright.

Your consideration to publish this case in point would be genuinely appreciated.

Respectfully,

Helen Torok

Lehighton