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In its editorial on Aug. 27, the Coloradoan stated, “... we found ourselves united behind a skilled, rising politician when Gardner made this statement: ‘We cannot shout each other down in this country.’”
While I agree that we cannot have effective communication when we are shouting at each other, it is also true that we cannot have effective communication when our senator will not meet with us to hear our views and answer our questions. Telephone “town meetings” in which Gardner offered only his talking points in response to questions did not lead to meaningful conversations.
When I called Gardner’s office with regard to the Affordable Care Act, his assistant told me that he had not decided how to vote on the matter, that he did not know what was in it, although he was one of the senators who wrote the Senate bill. After he made his predictable vote in favor of repeal, he gave as his reason that he had promised, years ago, to repeal Obamacare. He had decided, years ago, how he would vote on it. Why did he not communicate his intentions?
I understand the frustrations and anger that have built up due to Gardner’s failure/refusal to communicate with his constituents while we wanted to have a meaningful dialogue with him. I would encourage Gardner to maintain contact with us about the issues and votes that concern us, and try to avoid the shouting matches and profanities that can build up when he is absent.
David Bye, Fort Collins
Source : http://www.coloradoan.com/story/opinion/2017/09/10/letter-gardner-must-maintain-contact-us/633574001/