Even if Bishop won't be at April 18 town hall, you can still share your views

Monday , April 17, 2017 - 7:00 PM

BRIANA SCROGGINS/Standard-Examiner

U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop answers student questions Oct. 17, 2016, as he debates Dr. Peter Clemens at Weber State University.

Our government is supposed to be a participatory democracy, where members of Congress are elected to use their best judgment to represent the interests of their constituents. Most members of Congress are very conscientious in keeping track issues of importance to their districts. During congressional recesses many members return home to their districts to consult with local civic leaders in business and government, and with the voting public. It is through these interactions members can keep track of issues of local importance and not be overcome by capital fever, a disease that leads lawmakers to value their status within the D.C. beltway at the expense of serving the people he or she was elected to serve.

Where is U.S. Rob Bishop? When has he last been in Utah? How are people to learn where he stands on issues of local importance? The group Indivisible Ogden has invited Bishop to participate in a town hall meeting April 18, during the congressional recess. He has declined the invitation, but the town hall be be held all the same. Attendees will be able to express their voices on any issue, with special attention scheduled for public lands, health care, immigration and climate change.

Even though he will not be there, the event will be recorded and Indivisible Ogden will be sure any comments made at this town hall will be communicated to Bishop. This will be a great opportunity to let your voice be heard.

The Town Hall will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18. at the Pleasant Valley Library, 5568 S 500 East, Ogden.

Steve Manaster

Eden