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Congressman could benefit from larger turnout

Our scarce Republican Congressman, Rep. Doug LaMalfa, who normally sends his aides to hear the concerns of constituents, and who doesn’t even show up for candidate forums, held court in Grass Valley City Hall on Friday morning, Aug. 15. In person!

The city council chambers were only about a quarter full. Polled as to how they heard about the meeting, most had received an email sent only to Republicans, two or three read it in the paper, several heard by word of mouth.

Judging by the topics brought up by the public, it appeared there might have been two Democrats in the crowd. Most people appeared concerned about keeping foreigners out, implying they were mostly dishonest and carrying diseases (never mind our origins). Other topics that came up: water (need big dams), transportation (no high-speed rail), climate change (skeptical), Palestine (“Israel has the right” etc.), women’s right to choose (ignored), the proposed state of Jefferson (if it helps Republicans take the Senate).

Next time I hope the member of Congress publicizes a meeting so a more representative cross-section of the public will have an opportunity to express their concerns. If that is Heidi Hall, they certainly will.

Carol Kuczora

Grass Valley

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