"Host and moderator Natalie Jacobson asked an increasingly-agitated Governor Romney questions about communications interoperability, and communication without commercial power. Romney was next asked by Jacobson, "...so does it come down to ham radio?..."
The Governor replied in a disgusted tone, "No, we don't need to deal with ham radio operators..."
Embarrassed public safety officials later tried to put in a good word for Amateur Radio. National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Glenn Field was prepared to state the importance of Amateur Radio, when Salvation Army Colonel Fred Van Brunt was called upon. Van Brunt remarked about his organization's quest to improve its communications capabilities and how Amateur Radio has aided his organization. "The ham radio situation helps a great deal," he stated."
This governor thinks his rear doesn't stink and says it with arrogance. Mean while for the last hundred plus years Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) has been more than a pillar in this countries dark years when in need and around the world. We're always prepared to run towards the fire not asking for nothing in return and he dismiss's it with no regard.
The fact that he over looks our devotion, dedication and commitment to God and country is an insult. Lets not forget the image not only as Americans but from hams all across the world that represent "Ambassadors of Good Will".
I believe once you make a statement like that it's what you believe in and no PR representative can fix that error.
Every ham around the world needs to make sure our government officials don't get to comfortable on their high horse. Every now and then we need to remind them we do vote and quite many of us can vote quite differently if they over look us and take us for granted. Attitudes like this can lead to future changes not in favor of frequencies allocated to us.
Write or E-Mail Gov. Romney's office addressing his comment. You don't have to be an American to speak out in which if needed in other countries I'd gladly protest the same. A ham is a ham no matter what part of the world your in. We stand together!!!
What do you think?
Article can be found here: http://ema.arrl.org/node/802
"Hams across Massachusetts and eventually across the nation only seemed to hear the words "we don't need to deal with ham radio operators" and reacted negatively. This, even though the remark was taken out of context. Most hams never bothered to find out what really transpired even though the entire program has been available on the WCVB website since it was broadcast. Instead they relied on inaccurate and incomplete information being passed along on the World Wide Web".http://www.southgatearc.org/news/january2008/mitt_romney.htm
People misspeak, especially in politics, and a lot of times the "knee jerk" reaction is to crucify the person who misspoke. Also, the entire story is not given accurately and people form their opinions based on only part of the information given. I'm not here to start a fight; all I'm saying is get all the accurate information before stoning the man.
I am politically neutral and will end up voting for the individual who I think will do the country the best service and benefit the American people. That being said don't judge until you have all the correct information.
If nothing else ask the man directly, what he meant. I have found that the media tends to construe the facts to best serve the media.