They, we must do job

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

Dur­ing the town-hall meet­ing for the peo­ple of Ar­kan­sas in Springdale last week, Sen. Tom Cot­ton wasn’t clear about many things, but it seems he was clear about the fact that he rep­re­sents the vot­ers that elected him and not the rest of us. He as­sumes that those vot­ers also sup­port the pres­i­dent’s agenda of weak­en­ing pro­tec­tions for peo­ple and the planet, and as our sen­a­tor he will con­tinue to rub­ber-stamp Don­ald Trump’s nom­i­nees. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Steve Wo­mack said much the same at his meet­ing in West Fork on Tues­day.

I be­lieve the in­tel­li­gence and thought­ful­ness of most all of the ques­tions was out­stand­ing, and the re­sponse un­mis­tak­able. We were pas­sion­ate, loud, and there were demon­stra­tions. He may dis­miss the con­cerns of the over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of us there, but he won’t soon for­get us, and that is cru­cial. Call, email, post and write your na­tional, state and lo­cal lead­ers so that they don’t for­get us. Sen. John Booz­man and so many oth­ers chose not to face their con­stituents dur­ing this re­cess. We must in­sist that they do. They must do their job.

I wasn’t able to ask my ques­tion, but I will con­tinue to at­tend their meet­ings (if they are brave enough to have them) and I will be car­ry­ing my last three in­come-tax re­turns. It’s govern­ment by the peo­ple, peo­ple. Let’s do our job. MARK EASTBURN Eu­reka Springs

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