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Thu., March 27, 2014

Murray not responsive

I like Sen. Patty Murray. She’s adept at budget issues, concerned for the issues affecting Washington and its place in the nation, and nearly always votes my way. Patty manages this while maintaining a down-to-Earth persona, not far from her “Soccer Mom” days.

Nevertheless, lord help you if a response to your opinion is on your mind. You can visit her Senate website, complete the form and make your interests known, but you won’t get a reply. I’ve called her Spokane and Washington, D.C., offices to learn why she doesn’t respond but didn’t receive an adequate response. A staffer in the regional office said, “Well, she’s busy.” We’re all busy, and as we are what she should be busy about, it seems that responding to us is proper.

Congressional representatives have an obligation to respond, even if only through policy papers. They were elected to represent our interests, though many claim an inability to acknowledge inquiries beyond their districts. All contacts engaged civilly merit a response, as their committee assignments engage in issues of national importance.

Their mailing lists frequently ask for support of the many issues important to them. Turnabout seems fair play.

Paul Franzmann

Walla Walla

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