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Sun., Feb. 24, 2013

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.

Patricia Bates


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