Friday, August 28, 2009
Mr. Densmore wrote, “I spoke with Jim Webb’s office today and they let me know Sen. Webb will not be attending the town hall. It is my understanding that there are no elected officials scheduled to attend. We wouldn’t be sending a representative in Sen. Warner’s place but instead to hear the audience address Sen. Webb. In light of this we regret to inform you we will have our representative elsewhere working with constituents.” Since when do you have to have another politician present to get our representatives to listen to us, are we not the employers of these representatives?
It is unfortunate that not only have our senators refused to hear our voice, but also have not given us an alternative means to speak with them. This is what Valley residents are frustrated with. What must we do to get through to our representatives in Washington? How are we as citizens supposed to get through this barrier between us and our representatives? Now is the time for Valley residents to demand that our representatives uphold their contract with the constituents.
As of this date Senator Webb's office has not communicated with me whether or not he will attend, the only information that has been expressed about Senator Webb's intention has been through the email from Senator Warner's office. Quoted in a previous news article, Senator Webb's office expressed a desire to have discussion regarding health care reform, once he returned from Asia; however nothing has been scheduled before Congress resumes session.
I regret to inform the Valley that their concerns and frustrations are well founded; their senate representatives are not listening. I am happy to announce that this Town Hall will be held and the Valley's voice will be heard in spite of the fact that our senators refuse to attend. I encourage all Valley residents to come on Sunday, September 6th to Riverheads High school at 6pm to speak their mind and write down their thoughts so their opinions can be delivered to our senators.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I received a call from Senator Mark Warner's office, they had a couple of questions and at first said that the senator was not going to be able to join us.
However, after some discussion and explanation about how this Town Hall is being put together and sharing how much positive feedback I have received, the senator's office is going to try again to see if they can something out. We do know for sure that at least a representative from Senator Mark Warner's office will be there to hear from our community.
As of today, I have still not heard anything from Senator Jim Webb's office.
I will keep you posted.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
All are invited to attend, bring your questions, comments, suggestions, support, or criticism of the Health Care bill.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Response from public overwhelming for
As of now, I haven't heard any response from our two Virginia Senator's offices to my invitation to a Health Care Town Hall. However, I read in our local newspapers, The News Virginian and The News Leader, that the senators are aware of the event.
I have received an outpouring of support and interest in the Health Care Town Hall from the public, I have individual citizens asking if they can help at the event, others are asking if they can donate to help with the burden of cost, while others in the community are just showing their support and explaining how much it means to them to be able to hear from their senators.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to share the details about the event on the radio with Doc Thompson with WRVA Radio in
According to the News Leader, Senator Webb spokesperson Kimberly Hunter said that the senator would be back in town tomorrow, Sunday, August 23rd, from his trip to
The News Leader article also quotes Warner spokesperson Riki Parikh saying "...the senator gets hundreds of town hall meeting invites each day." Which means hundreds of Virginians want to speak with the senator about this issue. Yet he has not scheduled one public appearance to answer average citizen’s questions. Hopefully, he can come to our event that is already planned and paid for.
Whether the senators are able to attend or not, the meeting will go forward. We will have a plan in place where people can speak their questions, concerns, support and criticism of the health care legislation. We will collect that information and bring it to the senators in
It is vital that we, as a community, keep these important lines of communication open to our representatives in
Come out on Sunday, September 6th to the Auditorium at
Friday, August 21, 2009
The auditorium at Riverheads Highschool in Augusta County Virginia on Sunday, September 6th has been reserved from 6p.m. until 8p.m. All residents are encouraged to attend, please bring your questions, support or criticism. This is the valley's opportunity to have its voice heard.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Councilman Bell joined six other candidates from the area at the forum to answer submitted questions and give the five-person Republican 20th Legislative District Committee a chance to compare the candidates for the nomination. At the forum, Bell stated that he would work to reform education, especially for special needs children. He also expressed his Pro-Life and Pro 2nd Amendment conservative values. In Councilman Bell’s closing statement he said, “I believe in you, the citizens of the 20th District. I believe in your spirit. I believe in your work ethic. I believe in your family values. I'm deeply honored that you'd even consider me for this important job, and I'm proud to be one of you.”
Councilman Bell will be at the Augusta County Fair on Saturday, August 15th at the Republican booth. He will also be at the Augusta County GOP Picnic on Saturday, August 29th at Tinkling Springs Presbyterian Church from 2-6 p.m. Cost for adults is $5 dollars. Come out and meet our future delegate.
He also has a new website BellforDelegate.com
Four buses are being organized to take citizens from the Augusta County area to the event. The buses will begin in Augusta and pick up people along the way to Washington. The cost for the bus trip is $35 and includes bottled water.
The events in Washington will start at 10 a.m. at the U.S. Capital, Lincoln Memorial, and Washington Monument. The actual march will begin at the Lincoln Memorial at 2 p.m. toward the U.S. Capital, the seat of power for the United States.
Fox News will be covering the event in Washington with a host of speakers that continues to grow by the day. It is estimated that this could be the biggest march on Washington in history.
Contact Lynn Mitchell for more details and to reserve your place on the bus. Sign up (LynnFromVa@aol.com) for the bus ride and get to know other people in our area that believe in the principle of “We The People.”
You can learn more about the event by going to http://912dc.org.
Residents in the Augusta Farms neighborhood have long awaited the project so that children could directly access their schools without a need for busing. Design and planning of the project is being worked out by the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Augusta County Government Center. Ground is tentatively set to be broken some time in 2010.
According to the White House blog, (www.whitehouse.gov/blog), Linda Douglass, the Communications Director for the White House’s Health Reform Office wants citizens to report “fishy” material to the federal government at email@example.com.
This has caused an immediate backlash for the Obama Administration. There are allegations that the White House is compiling a list of citizens that are exercising their 1st Amendment right to free speech by being opposed to the Universal Health Care plan. Senator John Cornyn of Texas has sent a letter to President Obama demanding an explanation. No answer from the President.
U.S. Senators Jim Webb (D) and Mark Warner (D) of Virginia are refusing to hold any form of town hall or public meeting to hear from residents of Virginia on this important issue.
Term limits were originally left out of the Constitution because the majority drafting the text felt that people would hardly desire to serve more than one or two terms. Actually, what is defined is the time that one person has to stay in office once elected. Over the last century, “Term Limits” has had time in the spotlight, most times this attention comes during economic hardship because it is felt by more Americans that the institution of government shouldn't be made up of these long-serving representatives who are re-elected without challenge or debate. We have Senators who have been in office for more than 40 years, Congressmen who have been in office for more than 30 years. These “Monuments” as I have come to call them will sooner have their sculpture complete and erected inside of the Capital than return to average citizenship.
Many American voters wonder how these representatives can possibly understand the perspective of the average citizen. A new push for Term Limits is necessary and this time we must prevail. America has every ability to rise above its challenges and see the needs of its people met; however, this can only be accomplished by those elected to public service without the tether of political party or power to hold back the will of the people. Good representation must be refreshed and renewed.
Party politics have become too partisan. Some will not speak with you because of your party affiliation. Some people say things like, “Oh, don't talk to him/her about politics, he is a Republican.” and vice-versa. This mentality is a travesty to the democratic process in America.
We should be able to converse about these topics with respect and without fear of social shun or retribution. Some are labeled as extremists, either Liberal or Right wing. It is interesting to know that the founders of our country such as John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Hancock all were labeled as extremists; however, they were all respected and never shunned. They fought aggressively to win a debate or prove a point; however, in the end they all signed the Declaration of Independence.
Partisanship is promoted by those in elected office to keep their political prowess. How much power would be in the hands of the people if we spoke with one another and came up with our own plans to fix problems?