I just had to respond to Michael Brunson’s June 21 letter. He naively defends Representative McMorris Rodgers (R), excusing her for her apparent lack of ability to represent this congressional district.
He said: “One individual is not responsible for the poor health care medicaid provides… She cannot influence the level of care provided by medicaid by herself.”
As a self-described Director of the Springdale School District, Mr. Brunson should know that each of us only gets to exercise one (1) vote for a representative in the House of Representatives. The other 434 members are elected elsewhere, each in a different congressional district, and we have no say or control whatsoever over them or their policies. He states that since we only have one elected official representing us, she doesn’t have any say at all in government’s policies. Not true! Cathy McMorris Rodgers is a powerful, long term representative who sits on numerous committees and has the ability to swing many of those other 434 votes in her own direction.
The real issue is, since we only have one person representing us in the House, we should take very seriously who we elect to that position. We must question whether or not they have and will work to represent the people who elected them.