I made a point of attending Diane Black’s Town Hall Meeting at the Palace Theater on April, 2 expecting a town hall meeting.
I was hoping that I would have a chance to participate in a discussion on the major issues going on in the U. S. Congress.
Instead she gave a campaign speech using a chart of the usual Republican talking points for about 20 minutes.
Questions were answered by the Congresswoman for the remaining 15 minutes of the meeting. She hand picked the questions off sheets of paper handed to her from a staff member.
I went on the internet and found a commonly used definition of town hall meetings and this is what I found. A town hall meeting is an American term given to an informal public meeting, function, or event derived from the traditional town meetings of New England.
Typically open to everybody in a town community and held at the local municipal building, attendees generally may voice their opinions and ask questions of the public figures, elected officials, or political candidates at the town hall.
I openly admit that I am a registered Democrat and that I did not vote for Diane Black, but she is my congresswoman and I felt it was important to attend and take this opportunity to voice some of my concerns regarding Cumberland County and the country.
I felt so strongly about this event that I convinced fellow Democrats and other Cumberland County voters to attend with me. I’m embarrassed that I not only wasted my time but the time of my friends by attending this sham of a town hall meeting.
At the end of the meeting I tried to ask her about poverty in Cumberland County and her views on the minimum wage and the fact that you are living in poverty if you earn minimum wage.
She said that the minimum wage is only a starting point for most. That was the end of the discussion as she was surrounded by supporters and I left.
Town Hall meetings are a part of what makes American democracy so unique and a part of our history. We can not allow our elected officials to get away with hosting these political functions and calling them town hall meetings, it’s disrespectful to our democratic tradition.
Tiger Woods (see 4/16 issue of The Vista, page 1A) should have called an official over to assure he dropped correctly but in a fit of passion on just what happened, he hurridly dropped a second ball and played again.
I questioned that drop (as I am sure many others did) as the divot from the previous drop was still visible and his drop was 4 or 5 feet away from it.
Still more amazing was that all the analysts and rules experts at Augusta saw the same “violation” and said or did nothing to correct the violation before he finished the round and signed the card.
What TV replay were they looking at? Apparently nobody wanted to step up and challenge Woods.
Only after Woods suggested later in an interview that he might have dropped incorrectly (guilt feelings?) did tournament officials now feel comfortable in reviewing the drop.
By that time, with the card already signed and a DQ imminent, officials had to turn to a “cop-out” rule 33-7 in order to keep Woods in the tournament.