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Commissioners owe their constituents a listening ear

Posted 9/15/19
I am here today to get some important information from you. You are our elected officials, and we count on you to hear our concerns and to act on them. We count on you doing what is best for our …

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Commissioners owe their constituents a listening ear

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I am here today to get some important information from you. You are our elected officials, and we count on you to hear our concerns and to act on them. We count on you doing what is best for our county.

To do that, I believe there must be open communication between elected officials and people who live in the county.

We are able to come here and talk monthly, only to hope to get a written response. I understand you do not want to give false information, but there is no response at all from you — my elected representatives.

Some commissioners work full-time. I understand that.

My question is: How can I, as a taxpaying citizen, have a conversation with you when other than during these meetings, you are unavailable? Would you each consider having office hours a few hours in the month so your constituents can call on you and talk about our concerns and hear your response?

There are members of this board who I have called repeatedly for a meeting. To date, I have not had a return call.

I understand you may not agree with what some of us want to say. You may not like the topic. But to choose not to talk with us is not how to be an elected representative of the people. We should be able to have an exchange of ideas. Not just us addressing you once a month and praying to get a written response.

Again, how does a taxpaying citizen get an audience with his or her elected officials? Will you please consider having organized office hours to talk with your constituents, even if you do disagree?

Max Fitz-Gerald

Wilson

The writer is co-owner of the nonprofit For the Love of Dogs. This letter is from prepared remarks he delivered during the Wilson County Board of Commissioners’ Sept. 9 meeting.

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