Here's my letter, submitted to the Jacksonville Daily News.
On August 8th, Jacksonville was visited by a representative from Senator Dole’s Eastern North Carolina office. The press release and a small, one day blurb in the Daily News noted that “Constituents can use the office hours to hold individual meetings to discuss their concerns with federal agencies, case work or issues pending before Congress.”
I thought, wrongly, that meant the representative would be able to answer questions. However, the representative, Ms. Janet Bradbury, who was quite polite, was not able to answer any questions. In fact, she didn’t even read my questions (being the entrepreneurial fellow I am, I printed off two copies). For the record, my questions were basic questions on the Senator’s positions on many of the political topics of the day.
I can live with waiting for Senator Dole’s staff in Washington (because that’s who would respond) to write me back with answers.
What I do not understand, however, is why Ms. Bradbury didn’t expect many people to visit with her. There are over 150,000 people in Onslow County. How could she not have realized that maybe more than 20 people would want to talk to her? (Of course, these same people probably would’ve expected answers, as I did, and would’ve been disappointed, as am I.)
My tax dollars paid for her to drive from Greenville to Jacksonville and probably meals for the day. She didn’t even read my questions and she didn’t think many people would show up.
The residents of Onslow County sought support and information from Senator Dole’s office. All we got was a head-bob and placed into the out-box.