The American government was founded by the people and for the people. Our taxes paid for the development of the internet through public universities, the Department of Defense, and the National Science Foundation. We all depend on the internet either directly or indirectly. The stores we shop at use it to maintain their inventory. Hospitals and doctors use it for records and research. Many of us use it for communication and entertainment. Since we helped pay for the creation of the internet, in a way, we the people own the internet. Do we want our internet providers to collect and sell our private data? Shouldn't we have a say in whether they do that? Our representative, John Shimkus, doesn't seem to think so. He voted to repeal rules that would have protected our internet privacy. This will allow internet providers to sell our private data and make billions of dollars. Why would Shimkus do this to us? Could it be that the $104,000 in campaign contributions he received from telecommunication companies persuaded him to act against us? It’s time for a change. It’s time to elect a representative who represents us instead of big corporations.

Keith Wolcott, Charleston

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