Updated: Mar 12
William Sumner (1840-1910) named us, the everyday citizen, “The forgotten man.” His description is: “A and B put their heads together to decide what C shall be made to do for D.” In this example we are “C,” the forgotten man.
The articles that follow are a sampling of the many op-ed letters I have written, “as a forgotten man,” in the past. I sent these letters to various entities in efforts to gain some representation. After writing countless letters to editors of papers all across the state, letters to our City Council, County Commissioners, Public Utilities Commission, state senators, state legislators, and the Governor, I have come to the conclusion that one person's opinion is just that, one person's opinion. One person's opinion makes little difference and we still remain “the forgotten man.”
I have lived the feeling of the “forgotten man”. It is my pledge to you that you will not be forgotten when you send me to Helena. Whether it be high property taxes, access to public lands and streams, our second amendment rights, your job and finances, crime in our city and state, or strong family values and education for our children, it is understood that you vote for me to represent you. I will always honor that privilege with integrity.
To truly make a difference it takes a neighborhood, a city, a county, a state. Together, collectively, our opinions matter and we can make a difference. So, "Let's make a difference!" Vote for TJ Smith this November and together we will make a difference.
Thank you for your vote.