Are we well-served?

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES - Edi­tor’s note: The Oc­to­ber Let­ter of the Month was orig­i­nally pub­lished Oct. 2.

I am a cit­i­zen of the United States, born in the Mid­west, and have voted in ev­ery pri­mary and na­tional elec­tion and the ma­jor­ity of other elec­tions since I be­came of age. I have been a res­i­dent of Arkansas since 1974.

I am not af­fil­i­ated with ei­ther the Repub­li­can or Demo­crat par­ties.

In the past, when I have con­tacted my state or na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tives for as­sis­tance in some mat­ter, I re­ceived prompt at­ten­tion and help on the mat­ter in ques­tion. In fact, I have met per­son­ally with my three mem­bers of Congress and state rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the past. They were Democrats.

More re­cently, I have only been able to meet with the 2nd Dis­trict U.S. rep­re­sen­ta­tive once, in per­son, but he is now the lieu­tenant gov­er­nor.

I con­tacted both state rep­re­sen­ta­tives and the three na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tives cur­rently in of­fice with ques­tions, to make com­ments or help to solve a prob­lem and have re­ceived po­lit­i­cal dou­bletalk, told to go else­where to solve my prob­lem, or was com­pletely ig­nored. Th­ese were not friv­o­lous re­quests, but bona fide in­quiries that had an ef­fect, large and small, on my life. Af­ter some ef­fort, I solved the prob­lems or an­swered the ques­tions my­self.

What do you think: Who did I re­ceive the best rep­re­sen­ta­tion from? In the com­ing elec­tion, I will vote to ex­press my­self in this re­gard. I urge you to do the same. GE­ORGE WILKEN

Lit­tle Rock

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