(BRANDON HANSEN/Managing Editor for the Chewelah Independent)
I’m not sure why the legislators of the Washington 7th District put up with me, but they do. Representative Joel Kretz even hopped on a spinning flower-printed lounge chair at Jean Bean’s Coffee in Chewelah during their annual legislator’s media tour two weeks ago.
Regardless of your political leanings, this kind of access to lawmakers is telling. I can meet my representatives in a casual coffee shop setting and talk politics with them freely. In other forms of government, we’d just have a photo of our leader on the wall and a stern reaction from a military person if we did something wrong.
It’s something we shouldn’t take for granted, nor should we take our role in government for granted. As people, we should always be communicating with our reps, giving them suggestions and telling them what we’re experiencing. The squeaky wheel gets the oil.
So without further delay, here are my friendly suggestions for our legislators to work on next year. More