We are reading and hearing about town hall meetings all across the country where members of Congress are talking to and hearing from their constituents. I looked forward to attending a public meeting with Congressman Norm Dicks. I may have missed it, but I couldn’t find a date and location for a meeting that Dicks planned to hold.
That’s too bad. There are three things that I would have liked to talk to him about:
• During the campaign last fall, Dicks pledged to “fight for jobs.” I would have liked to hear from him what he has done in that fight and what his strategy/plan is for enhancing job opportunities in the district – especially for minority and younger workers.
• ZIP code 98404 (East Side of Tacoma) has the highest foreclosure rate in the state. It would have been good to hear from Dicks what ideas he has for how to address this issue.
• It would have been good to hear Dicks’ rationale for continuing to support military actions in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya and how we can justify spending $300 million a day in this effort.
After 18 terms, maybe Dicks doesn’t feel the need to keep in touch with his constituents anymore. That’s too bad if it’s true. I bet a lot of us have a lot to say.