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August 23, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Contacting members of Congress

Some representatives are more receptive than others

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell. [Courtney Blethen Riffkin, The Seattle Times]

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell. [Courtney Blethen Riffkin, The Seattle Times]

We live in a representative democracy. That means that each citizen’s rights and civic issues are represented by elected officials in Washington, D.C.

It should not matter what the issues are; the elected official should be receptive to input from their constituents. Unfortunately, a deaf ear is frequently turned to the constituents, and decisions made without their input or guidance in the present century.

I live in the 1st Congressional District of Washington. I have historically corresponded by mail and email with my representatives. I can report that Sen. Maria Cantwell and her office do a superior job responding to questions and requests for information.

Unfortunately, Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Suzan DelBene do not do as well. Sen. Murray responds sporadically. Rep. DelBene has never responded.

The federal government is dealing with many issues that require citizen input to their representatives to ensure that votes are being cast in line with the goals and desires of a majority of the relevant citizens.

I encourage all citizens to voice their opinions and request information from their representatives. It is only through interaction with these individuals and voicing our opinions that we, as citizens, can insure our government is a reflection of our goals and desires.

Gregory Kovsky, Redmond

Comments | More in Politics, Washington Legislature | Topics: maria cantwell, patty murray, representatives

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