To the editor:
Recently it was reported that our U.S. representative, Jason Lewis, would not be conducting any town hall meetings because as he intimated that it was not worth it. I would remind Lewis that it is his job to listen to and connect with his constituents. To ignore us is to make a comment about how he sees us and our views. For years he had no problem sharing his views with us on the radio and television, but now it is time for him to listen to us.
I would further point him to the comments of one Gabby Giffords about the importance of town halls. Giffords was shot during a town hall meeting in Arizona. She spoke out recently about the importance of listening and serving the residents of one’s district when she said, “I was shot on a Saturday morning. By Monday morning, my offices were open to the public. Ron Barber — who was at my side that Saturday, who was shot multiple times, then elected to Congress in my stead — held town halls. It’s what the people deserve in a representative.” Giffords went on to explain, “To the politicians who have abandoned their civic obligations, I say this: Have some courage. Face your constituents. Hold town halls.”
So to Lewis, I say. Do your job. Have some courage. Face your constituents. Hold town halls.