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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 28 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Iron Rod
Salt Lake City, UT

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?

Crusader
Layton, UT

Town hall meetings are archaic, we have the internet now, send him an email.

isrred
South Jordan, UT

"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Town hall meetings are outdated and usually screened, pre filtered fluff that don't address any issues anyway.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.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

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

Confused
Sandy, UT

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.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

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.

MonitorTheGovernment
Midvale, UT

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.

SLCounty4Life
Midvale, UT

"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.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

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.

Grover
Salt Lake City, UT

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?

Lead Farmer
OREM, UT

@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.

Grover
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

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.

Confused
Sandy, UT

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!

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

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.

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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.

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