To the editor:
My wife and I recently moved to the Central PA region after 40 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. We were introduced to Jim Felmlee through friends we had met in Lewistown. One of the things we teach our young leaders in the Marine Corps is to rapidly take the measure of an individual and then either build on - or avoid - that relationship. I like what I see in Jim. He is straightforward and will look you in the eye when making a point.
He shows no pretense and does not attempt to "drop names" to impress listeners. He values common sense and has a logical, and collective, approach to problem solving. I sense his primary motivation for running is to serve those who would send him to Harrisburg - not the party or worse yet, himself.
While on active duty and in uniform, a career serviceman makes a conscious effort to avoid favoring one political candidate or another. In retirement I am willing to do so because I believe that less government involvement in our daily lives is probably better in the long run. Jim tells me that is what he stands for.
In my time in the service I have had many associations with politicians, mostly at the national level. Why any person would want to be in politics is a complete mystery - but if Jim Felmlee wants to devote his time, energy, and talents to the task, then I support him.
James T. Conway
General, USMC (Ret.)