Informative meeting

Published: Sunday, April 21, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I went to a recent town hall meeting at Cash Saver in Harvard organized by Sen. Pam Althoff and Rep. Jack Franks. Though it was only scheduled for one hour, it went for almost two. It was a lively discussion with lots of give-and-take, and was actually fun and informative. The topics covered included health care, budgets, term limits, prison crowding and social issues. I encourage everyone to attend future meetings if possible.

One person in attendance suggested that elected officials take a pay cut. We were all surprised to learn that both Althoff and Franks have voluntarily taken pay cuts in each of the past four years, as well as furlough days. We also got to hear from them in-depth about their hard work to resolve the pension crisis facing our state.

It was encouraging to see such a large crowd actively participating in our democracy. I’m appreciative that Sen. Althoff and Rep. Franks made themselves available and I hope other elected officials will follow their example.

Sharon Gustafson

Woodstock

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