Don’t attack Collins for being successful

The most insidious of all the campaign ads is the one that is supposed to make us envious of Chris Collins’ 6,000-square-foot house and his net worth of $102 million.

How many people were put to work building that house? How many dollars in property taxes does that house generate? How many dollars in utility taxes and fees does it generate? How many people does that $102 million pay? Don’t those jobs generate tax dollars for the government in many different ways? Don’t those jobs give workers a way to provide for their families?

I am not envious of Collins’ big house or his money. He has done more than his fair share to contribute to our society. That kind of expertise in Congress can only be a further asset to those of us who value hard work and success.

Patti Rusch