As a lifelong Duluthian and active Republican, I am deeply disappointed by the president’s ugly rhetoric and shallow vision.

However, amidst the constant national-news uproar, I am more proud than ever of our representation in Congress. Rep. Pete Stauber matches our community values of integrity and service and has avoided needless controversy while working hard to make real progress on three issues in our daily lives: tackling Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness permitting problems, advocating to bring the F-35 to the 148th Fighter Wing, and engaging local employers.

I encourage Congressman Stauber to continue to value his community above all else, and I commend him for bringing our Duluthian brand of cheerful, can-do attitude to Washington.

Andrew C. Jarocki