‘Great lengths’

To the editor:

State Rep. Anna Wills, R-Rosemount, took the time to send a letter to the editor to rebut my letter of April 6 in which she insists that she goes to “great lengths to be accessible to constituents and responsive to … questions.” I did write to Wills asking for her position on two health care bills. Here is the full text of her response to me:

“Thank you for contacting me with your concerns regarding health care. I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this important issue.

“I do not serve on the Health and Human Services Committees that these bills would have gone through, so I am not familiar enough with the intricacies of what they would do to be able to have a position on them at this point. I am certainly open to proposals that would save tax dollars, so I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind should these bills come before me for a vote on the House floor.

“Thanks again for your email. Feel free to contact me again about any issue of importance to you.” (March 28)

This reply does not show even minimal effort, let alone “great lengths” to be responsive to constituent concerns. These are her words, just as it was she who wrote: “I unfortunately won’t have the time to give each the thorough answer it deserves” (March 24).

MaryKay Carter