Letter writer John Howard (“Sen. Collins chooses her party over welfare of the nation,” April 12) mischaracterizes Sen. Susan Collins.

Mischaracterization is a common political tactic and not fair. Howard says Sen. Collins “will sacrifice the long-term welfare of the nation for the short-term, partisan benefit of the Republican Party” – what a bold, false accusation.

Susan Collins cares very much for our country. She supported a Senate confirmation hearing for Merrick Garland; she sided with Democrats in calling for a fair review for Garland; she sided with Democrats in opposition to a proposed travel ban; she has parted ways with conservative Republicans on gun issues, and she has voted in support of a federal law change that would expand federal background checks for gun purchases.

Keep up the good work, Sen. Collins.

David Ryder

Portland