Reading again about the state budget impasse makes me angry. The cost to the taxpayer and to those who need services is staggering. As a citizen, I find it hard to believe our politics have reached this point. The governor was elected because of his agenda and the state Republicans will not let him fund any of the priorities for which he was elected. They should all be removed. Similar issues are occurring at the federal level where there is no negotiation, just a political “no.”
The only way I see to address the divisiveness is for “we, the people” to let the politicians know that they are there for us, not the other way around. Right now, responding is a difficult and time consuming task for a citizen. I would like to see the CDT or other agencies develop a database of local, state and federal government officials that makes it easy (user-friendly) for a citizen to express an opinion. Right now, I would like to send every state Republican a letter (email) expressing my views. If there was such a database, I could ask for a list of emails for every state Republican, have the email addresses put into my email package, and off goes the letter.
“We are” the people and need a easy way to express our opinions. ...
Jere Willey, Petersburg