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Letter: Difficulty reaching across the aisle

Posted: August 13, 2018 4:42 p.m.
Updated: August 14, 2018 1:00 a.m.

On Aug. 8, I joined my South Carolina 5th District telephone town hall to engage with my Washington House of Representatives congressman, Ralph Norman. I pressed the button early on to ask a question. I was not called upon. Perhaps there were simply too many concerned citizens. Perhaps his helpers know of my differences with him because of my many telephone calls to his office regarding my concerns or my letters to the local papers. Regardless, I wish to ask Mr. Norman my questions. The town hall topic was how to deal with violence in the schools. He had on his panel Rock Hill police and school representatives. The concerns expressed were about bullying, lack of metal detectors, whether or not teachers should be armed, etc. Parents expressed their pain about the bullying done to their children. I did not hear anyone mention our president’s angry and derogatory words to leaders in our own country not to mention about our allies across the world. I did not hear anyone ask the question I would have asked about why 307 Republicans in Congress have accepted money (some as much as a million dollars) from the NRA while only 24 Democrats have. I did not hear how Trump’s proposed 2019 budget cuts, including about 21 percent from HHS (Human Health Services) as well as funding for Medicare, Medicaid, Housing, the SNAP program (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program sometimes known as food stamps) etc. No one mentioned the pain so many of our citizens feel about the future and that the tax cuts primarily helped the very wealthy. Why?

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