Letter: Elected officials are neglecting constituents

Dear elected officials:

You have been elected to serve in Congress or the state legislature. Congratulations. You are now a public servant. Let’s review your position.

If you are religious, again congratulations. Your religion, however, did not just become the official faith of all your constituents. Leave it at home.

Also leave your personal prejudices. If you don’t like lesbians, gays, blacks, Muslims, Jews, Catholics, Protestants, transgender people, or any other human group, keep it to yourself. Your bias does not deserve to become law.

Your election did not automatically make you a doctor. Let them practice in peace.

Your constituents, whether they voted for you or not, deserve your respect and consideration. Your office deserves their respect, but you, personally, must earn it.

Bipartisanship is not a dirty word.

Guns do not deserve more rights than people.

You cannot get rid of revenue and balance a budget. Stop giving tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy.

If you have a wondrous health care plan, you better darn well be on it yourself before you try to sell it to us.

If you cannot live on your salary, you are in the wrong line of work.

Your constituents deserve to see you up close and personal when you are on break. If you don’t have the courage to do that, you are skipping an important part of your job. Without contact with all of us, how will you know what kind of job we think you are doing?

Suzanne Barnes

Marion

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