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MURRAY: Legislators aren’t listening to us

Letter by Richard R. Walker, Olympia on June 1, 2012 at 11:48 am | 34 Comments »
June 1, 2012 2:26 pm

I recently tried to communicate with one of our U.S. senators, Patty Murray. I went to her website and dutifully described what I thought to be a travesty: The budget is going to increase health care costs for retirees like me exponentially because I stupidly (apparently) was successful and stayed in the military for more than 30 years. It is money we will be cut this year, with no way to make up the costs.

I got an auto-response that did not answer or respond to any of the points and questions I posed. When I tried to reply to her, the message bounced. So I tried to find an address to send a note about the fact that she apparently does not support military retirees and specifically supports what is in fact an additional income tax on military retirees. I can’t find a postal address for her anywhere.

This reminds me of the last election when several members of Washington’s congressional delegation refused to listen to or even meet with their constituents who were mostly angry. Such people are cowards and do not want to even hear what their voters are concerned about, let alone act on such things.

It is one thing to send out form response letters. It is clearly another to make it difficult for voters to communicate with their legislators by hiding.

What is Murray afraid of? No wonder she doesn’t know or care what her voters think.

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