Town hall meetings help strengthen our republic. They provide an opportunity for civic-minded residents to gather and let the public, and often pols, know how they think of the issues.
There's no negative to these public-minded, non-violent examples of speaking your mind. On Wednesday, Utah Sen. Mike Lee will have a town hall meeting at Farmington City Hall at 7 p.m. Sen. Lee's an ideological lightning rod; many conservatives love him, most liberals are far less enthusiastic of him. But tonight, anyone who wishes can go to city hall and tell him -- in a respectful manner -- what they think of the issues.
We appreciate our Utah national pols who take the time to have real, live town hall meetings where they can get face to face with the voters. Real town halls, not these "computer town halls," or "town halls" in which you have to phone in to talk to a pol. That's not real democracy, it's the political elites cushioning themselves from their constituents.
At this week's town hall meeting, the senator will likely push his proposal to defund the Affordable Care Act. We don't agree with that idea, but we're all for a healthy, town hall debate on the issue. Lee may discuss a proposal he is working on, along with Sen. David Vitter, R-La., that would overrule a recent executive branch action that exempts Congress from much of the new Affordable Care Act. That's an idea we agree with.
Other topics at the town hall may include immigration, Egypt, Syria, the economy, and the National Security Agencies' snooping, which has outraged much of the nation.
The point is, a town hall is a venue where one's opinion extends beyond the breakfast table. It's a part of our republic, and we give three cheers for town halls.