Today, I thought I had an opportunity to get answers...

Cross-posted from the Brock Log.

As I’ve written in Onslow County Politics, NC Senator Elizabeth Dole (R) sent a staff representative to Jacksonville.

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, perhaps and obviously wrongly, that meant that this representative would be able to answer some questions. Nothing too hard and nothing baiting. However, the representative, Ms. Janet Bradbury from Senator Dole’s Greenville office (who was quite polite), was not able to answer any questions. None. Zero. Zilch. In fact, she didn’t even read my questions (being the entrepreneurial fellow I am, I printed off two copies).

Fine. I can live with waiting for Senator Dole’s staff in Washington (because that’s who would have to answer the questions) to write me back with answers.

What I refuse to accept, however, is that Ms. Bradbury mentioned that she didn’t expect so many people to want to visit with her. I’m not sure that I understand that. 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 food for the day.

She didn’t even read my questions.

I did get the opportunity to listen to a handful of Onslow County residents talk about the way they feel about America, politics and politicians.

They were concerned about oil and medicare and health problems. I learned that the cheapest gas in town is available near New River at $2.939 a gallon. An older woman was concerned that with the new Medicare drug plan, she pays more than she did without the coverage.

Most felt that their words will fall on deaf ears. One voter was quite upset that the Congress gave itself a raise, but hasn't done anything for the "common man".

Some felt that with only an hour of time, the Senator's staff was not expecting a large turnout.

Nearly all felt that the local media did not provide enough notice or information. There was one small posting in the Jacksonville Daily News on one day.

Local problems were choice topics for conversation, as well.

Constituents were concerned about property taxes. Even with the reduction of the tax rate, the revaluation raised value for many landowners and will result in much higher property taxes being levied.

Several voters were concerned that the City of Jacksonville was not planning to repair the Dewitt Street dam and refill Elizabeth Lake. "That lake has meant too much to too many people" to let it go dry said one of the waiting residents.

"I don't depend on my government for anything" was a feeling expressed by many citizens.

A letter to the editor is being drafted and shall be posted when completed.
An entry on the Onslow County Politics web-log is also being drafted and will be posted as well.

Comments

Dull is as dull does

Thanks for shedding some light on how Elizabeth Dull and her staff work on behalf of do virtually nothing to be responsive to the people she supposedly represents. If you're not a big bank or pharmaceutical company giving tens of thousands of dollars to buy influence, YOU DO NOT COUNT as far as this useless senator is concerned.

Thanks Thomas

That's one of those parallel universe experiences that has to be witnessed first hand and not many people get to do it.

It sounds like you learned a lot

and Elizabeth Dole learned absolutely nothing... People know the difference between a candidate who does and a candidate who just tries to look like he/she is doing......


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Update/edit...this was meant for the other thread, of course. :)


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wow, Thomas

This is perfect. This is why blogs are so effective and so important. This is the kind of stuff that hits people in the gut and brings 'em around to reality. It's so great that you went to this thing, Thomas. And thanks so much for posting what you saw and heard there on bluenc. I'm gonna grab this and send it out to our Johnston yahoo group, if you don't mind.

I have a feeling that lots of Johnston Dems voted for Dole. Gotta start priming the pump now -- get the word out, into the core of the county Dem party, about what a sorry Senator Liddy Dole is and how little she actually cares for the people of her state. I figure if I can accomplish that NOW, the stories and information will have time to spread out into the wider county and make folks receptive to voting for a Democrat for Senator.

Last time I remember Liddy coming to NC in person she stayed in the land yacht she was riding in and gave the royal wave to the people her constituents the masses the great unwashed through the rolled up window, didn't she? Isn't it great that Liddy loves NC so much that she visits us personally every chance she gets?

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."