Can’t talk to representative
Webster’s dictionary defines representation as “representation of the people by elected delegates.” However, Washington’s representation by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers does not agree with that definition.
I called to ask about Rodgers’ position on the House version of the Violence Against Women Act (HR 11), and her position on banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and requiring background checks for gun purchases. I was told Rodgers is against HR 11. She does not believe there should be background checks, nor should we ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
I said I was quite frustrated not being able to talk to my representative. I was told Rodgers would be back in Washington on Feb. 18. I called the Walla Walla office to get on the schedule, anytime, anywhere. Alas, I could not talk to her, as there were no public meetings scheduled, just private or business meetings. The receptionist suggested I get on the April schedule, to which I agreed.
However, she then explained there was no guarantee I could talk to Rodgers then either. Really? At a time when we are being encouraged to let our voices be heard, our representative doesn’t want to hear ours.