'It Doesn’t Seem Like There’s A Lot Of Honesty Going On'
Chris Smith
Ashland, WI

Chris Smith, 60, lives in Ashland and is a member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. He voted in the last election and plans to vote again because he doesn’t want to see President Donald Trump remain in power.

"Basically, he's a liar. He just lies about everything," Smith said.

He would like to see someone honest hold the nation’s highest office. For the moment, he said he believes the biggest issue facing the state and nation is health care. Which he said is too costly for many.

"I'm the boss at work so a lot of my workers will tell me that they can't afford it," he said.

As far as elected officials, he’s uncertain whether lawmakers are doing their best to serve the people they represent.

"I think there’s too much rhetoric, too much hypocrisy," he said. "Basically, it comes right down to the lying again. Nobody’s honest. It doesn’t seem like there’s a lot of honesty going on."

Smith doesn’t feel like the government has served him well.

"I think there’s too much rhetoric, too much hypocrisy," said Ashland resident Chris Smith. "Basically, it comes right down to the lying again. Nobody’s honest. It doesn’t seem like there’s a lot of honesty going on."

A former U.S. marine, he served with the military in the U.S. and Germany from 1978 to 1982. But he feels some service members have been forgotten.

"I don't think that we're represented the way we should be ... because I was in peacetime," he said. "And, there's a lot of people that were wartime I know, and I know a lot of them who are homeless, you know, who have nothing going for them at all."

When it comes to political candidates, Smith doesn’t think any of them really listen to the needs of the people they may represent.

"They're more interested in their own personal needs," he said. "They talk a good game, but it doesn't really stem out to be anything."

In his region, he would like to see candidates pay more attention to the drug epidemic.

"The heroin is just outrageous and our tribe it's all over the place and just in little towns, in Ashland, or around here the drug problem is huge and it seems like nobody is paying attention to that either," he said. "They say they are but you see the same people all the time doing the same things and nothing gets done."

 

 

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