Peruse my thoughts...
Just spent the last three days manning an information booth during Odessa's Puddle Jumper Days meeting several people from our district. I am overwhelmed by the needs in our district and the lack of help people have received for medical and personal care. I love our community and was truly saddened to listen to stories of neglect and attempts to improve their positions which ended with not only no help, but with no response or rude replies and outright statements from politicians stating they did not care. I also cannot count the times I heard that a citizen called their representative to never receive a call back from the representative or any staff member in that office. I admit I have not been in politics in the past and don't know the number of calls or visits that a state representative receives in a day, but i was a counselor in a large school and always made it a policy to visit with anyone who came in whether it was immediately or as soon as I could get out of a meeting and returned the call or e-mail of each one received. If our elected officials do not care about us, why did we elect them and what good are they to us? This opens up the next question of who is supporting their campaign? What are they basing their choices on when voting for a resolution or bill? Are they truly working for us if they don't know what we need and want? It is a very frustrating and confusing process and it should not be. Our representatives are elected by US to represent US. Their duty is to listen to the people in their district and to make choices based on the needs and wants of their district. That is what I plan on doing... It seems that my logic is not that common, but don't you think it should be?