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Letter: An in-person town hall is needed

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

The most important obligation of members of Congress is to represent all of their constituents, and those constituents have a duty to direct their concerns and questions to those elected to be their voice. My representative, Rob Wittman, has decided against an open, public meeting during the upcoming recess. Instead, he has chosen to communicate via newsletters, e-mails, and a tele-town meeting, none of which allows the people he serves to verify that they are truly being heard. He makes time for meetings with health care providers and shipyard officials, and while I recognize the importance of these meetings, the concerns of the people of his district are his first priority.

Many constituents requesting an in-person town hall are receiving a variety of responses, all of which translate to, “No, I will not make time for you.” It is not acceptable to disregard our requests or to ask us to wait while votes are cast and legislation is passed.

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