Ultra Bob,That's what I thought Town Hall meetings were for...
for the locals from the Town to let their leaders hear their concerns (even if
they are evil Republicans).No representative is going to be able to
represent every one of his constituents, but he should be able to defend his
position on things and give an explanation to his concerned locals.----RE: "Seems to me that when a republican asks a question he
is more interested in the statement that the question makes rather than the
answer he might receive".I think you're going to have a
hard time proving this is a uniquely "Republican" vice. I've
watched Congressional hearings in Washington and MOST Representatives when given
the opportunity to ask a question... they end up making a long statement, and
never get around to asking a question (Democrats included). So... I have a
hard time accepting your pretense that it's only a republican thing.I've also been to town hall meetings where obvious non-republicans
made more of a statement than a question when they got the mike. But you can
pretend only republicans do this if you want.
Monitor the Government...I have been included in at least 7
different phone "town halls" (which by the way is how a lot of people
from all over the state can attend a meeting without travelling far distance to
attend).I have asked questions, and NEVER been filtered on what
questions I could asked, or did they ever tell me what I could ask... It was
OPEN time...Not sure where you sources are, but from PERSONAL
experience, I have never had my questions filtered.By the way,
"phone" town hall meetings are the way most representatives are doing
town halls, because they can get more participation than having someone drive to
it...Simple logic tells you that!
Bob,you're saying jimmie is afraid because he knows his district is
mostly repub and conservative? If he doesn't want to represent the
district, including the conservatives, he should not run. Whether he sets
himself up for a roast or not is beside the point - he has a duty to his
constituency that he is avoiding.I think it's because he thinks
his constituency consists of BO, pelosi, and reid.
LF: Matheson is not my Congressman so why do I care what he does. Mike Lee is
my Senator so why does he avoid Salt Lake County?PS. As far as the
"partisan" thing goes, is Jim Matheson your Congressman? I don't
see Orem as being in his district.
@Grover: Mike Lee has five town halls scheduled in August, yet you
somehow find room to criticize his town hall schedule. Meanwhile, Matheson has
scheduled zero town halls since 2007, and you brush that aside like it
doesn't matter. No offense, but you sound like a partisan hack.Rep. Matheson, if you're reading this, please don't be afraid to
schedule open town halls with your constituents. We aren't as scary as you
apparently think we are, and we would love the opportunity to have an open
dialogue with you.
Christian makes a good point here, but one wonders why he doesn't apply the
same standard to Sen. Mike Lee? The good Senator found the time in his busy
schedule to have a town meeting in Kanab, but was unable to find the time to
have one in Salt Lake County which has a population on the order of several
thousand times higher than that of Kanab. Why not mention that fact in your
letter? Mmmnnnn, I wonder?
Christian Rodier. Could it be that Mathewson does not wish to provide the
venue for a conservative, republican roast of himself?Seems to me
that when a republican asks a question he is more interested in the statement
that the question makes rather than the answer he might receive. Perhaps there are less painful avenues for Mathewson to respond to your
questions. Email, letters or maybe the Deseret News could set up a channel for
questions to our government leaders, sort of like the Opinion section.
"Why would you write a letter to Rep Matheson... and address it to the
DMN?"Maybe the author addressed the letter to the Deseret News
because Matheson never, ever answers tough questions, whether in email format or
via snail mail. I've sent him several cordial emails and letters with
questions over the years and have never received a response.Also,
this letter to the editor doesn't even sound like it's addressed to
anyone. It's simply pointing out that neither the author nor anyone else
can ask Matheson anything because he never holds town hall meetings.
Looks like Representative Matheson's spin doctors are out in full swing
this morning! Rather than acknowledge how problematic it is that in
over six years Matheson hasn't held a regular town hall meeting where the
public can come in and ask any question, the spin doctors have instead attempted
to justify Matheson's inaction by (1) pointing out that Hatch has done the
same thing (actually, Hatch has held dozens of town halls since 2007, the most
recent ones being last year), (2) saying to write an email instead (yeah, like
that won't result in a canned response that fails to address the question),
(3) claiming that somehow town hall questions are filtered (actually, the great
thing about town halls is that the questions CAN'T be filtered), and (4)
pointing out that Matheson occasionally holds telephone town halls (where,
according to Matheson's own staff as quoted in the Salt Lake Tribune,
questions ARE filtered).Failure to hold a regular town hall meeting
in six years demonstrates a failure of leadership. I don't know who Jim
Matheson represents, but it certainly isn't the Utah 4th District.
Christian,Why would you write a letter to Rep Matheson... and address it
to the DMN? Matheson doesn't work for the DMN. You should send it to Rep
Matheson.I love the way when people don't like something, or
don't want to do something, it's "antiquated". The
Constitution is "antiquated". Town meetings are "antiquated".
Heck... maybe Democracy and freedom are "antiquated".If this
works... maybe I should just tell my boss that weekly status reports are
"Antiquated". Homework is also probably "antiquated" too.
You crack me up Christian, Matheson DOES hold Town Hall meetings... the only
thing is that it is not in a building, it is in a telephone conference call. I have been invited to several times to participate in these calls. YOU
can ask ANY question, he will answer it...What has Jason done? well
he does like to be on Foxnews a lot.
Christian,you remember jimmie's campaign slogan? Putting Utah first.
I guess by hiding from his constituents, he's putting Utah first? I
wonder how he does it?yeah, send an e-mail and have a staffer send a
canned response that does not addres your concern. That's all I get from
him.the town hall meetings in 2010 following the passage of
Obamacare where constituents vented their displeasure were definitely
"prescreened and prefiltered" as isrred would have us believe - NOT
"but without a doubt he's not taking questions from constituents here
in Utah."No, actually, there IS doubt because Matheson IS in
Utah visiting with Utahans and answering their questions.Town hall
meetings are outdated and usually screened, pre filtered fluff that don't
address any issues anyway. Just because he's not having Town Hall meetings
doesn't mean he isn't meeting with constituents.
Town hall meetings are archaic, we have the internet now, send him an email.
So where is Orrin?When is the last time any one has heard of our
Senator Hatch having a town hall meeting that you can attend?