To the editor:

State Sen. Jim Smith, thank you so much for sending me your flyer (produced at taxpayer expense) to outline your legislative priorities. Since you were kind enough to put your email address on it I thought you might want to hear what my thoughts about your ideas.

• Promoting state rights and working to curb federal government overreach: I want to thank you for costing your fellow Hoosiers money by not expanding Medicaid to provide health care to the poor in Indiana. I totally understand why you would not want the federal government to pick up 90 percent of the cost of the expansion and save Indiana precious tax money. It is refreshing to see your tea party principles in practice with Hoosier's hard-earned federal tax money going across the river to Kentucky to help pay for their expansion instead of staying in Indiana. I also want to thank you for not creating a state-run exchange like Kentucky did which is helping Kentucky's small businesses ( aka the "job creators") purchase affordable health care and allowing them to expand their businesses.

• Protecting Christmas: Thank God someone had decided to protect Christmas. With crumbling infrastructure, failing schools, and all the other problems we have in this state, it is about time someone stood up for jolly old St. Nick. We should explore this further. Maybe we can expand your bill to include some other holiday favorites like the Easter bunny, the tooth fairy, or the groundhog. I really think your style of pandering to the lowest common denominator in an election year is truly and art form. However, if you are going for the teacher vote in your district I hate to remind you just before you screwed the teachers you admitted at a Third House session in Madison that you don't read bills before you vote for them. Some might say that makes you a "lap dog" of the governor but, I find it refreshing that someone who is hired to basically read bills and then vote for or against them cuts to the chase and just votes without reading them. Makes it simpler right?

• Preventing government agencies from collating and using data from citizens without a search warrant. So, does that mean any data? Are crash reports, request for income information to determine if people are filing their taxes correctly, and information collected by child protection agencies included? Do you know the difference between the "civil" and "criminal" code? Maybe you have a great idea. Perhaps if people refuse to answer if they are male or female on their marriage license application and the local clerk is forced to issue a search warrant to determine if they are "same sex" we could have same sex marriage in Indiana despite the legal ban.

In closing, after reading your legislative priorities, maybe it is just better if we fire you in November and elect Julie Berry. I bet she will read bills before she votes.

Daniel Hoffman