Update: I attended the town hall meeting. I saw Tom Michael of KRTS there, (he’s conducting an interview with Rep. Rodriguez at 3:30) and Mike and Cindy Perry of the Alpine Avalanche and Jack McNamara of the Nimby News.
Video is downloading to YouTube. Stay tuned.
In general, people seemed more civil than what you’ve seen on television. I think there is a lot of scary misinformation out there about ‘death panels’, abortions, illegal immigrants and other bugaboos that aren’t actually in the bill before the House. Ciro did a great job of defusing these tensions and focusing on the real issue: Americans pay more for health care than anyone else in the world and still lag in important stats such as life expectancy and infant mortality.
A couple weeks ago I emailed the office of Rep. Ciro Rodriguez to find out when we would be having a town hall meeting in our area and never received a response. Later I called the congressman and was told by his office that I would be notified of any town hall meeting. A few minutes ago, I called the congressman again, seeing that August is drawing to a close, and given the following information regarding meetings in our area:
- Alpine: Alexanders Tex Mex Grill – this Saturday at 1:00
- Marfa: Presidio County Courthouse –
This Saturday at 5:00 I asked his office why my repeated requests for notification had been ignored and was told that “the company handles that”. Apparently our congressman has contracted out the notification of his constituents to a private company. I informed his office that the company never appeared on any ballot I have seen.
My first call was to the Alpine Avalanche. They went to press a couple hours ago and there was absolutely nothing they could do. Cindy Perry stated that Ciro’s office had told her there would be no town hall
My next call was to KALP. Left a message.
Third call was to Marfa Public Radio. Left a message followed by an email.
Fourth call was to Alexanders. When asked if they would notify anyone or post a sign, I was told that they were not asked to do so.
At this point I believe that our Congressman had not acted in good faith in allowing access by his constituents and the local media appears to need a little assistance in getting real news to our citizens. Feel
free to forward this email to anyone you feel may have an interest.
Phone numbers provided below:
- Rep Ciro Rodriguez 866-915-3493
- Alpine Avalanche 432-837-3334
- KALP 432-837-2144
- Marfa Public Radio 432-729-4578
- Alexander’s 432-837-5668