In southwest Virginia's 9th congressional district, Democrat congressman Rick Boucher likes to fly under the radar. Avoid controversy and regularly remind folks of all the pork he brings home to the district. Boucher is holding two town halls on health care:
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
9:00 AM Edwards Hall
New River Valley Community College
Thursday, August 20, 2009
9:00 AM Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center
Of course, this seems like Boucher is making himself available to the people. However, there are a couple problems. First, both town halls are at 9:00am when most folks are working. Maybe Boucher is depending on the unemployed and the government-dependent to be his choir for the day. Over the course of a month, don't you think a Saturday morning or weekday evening town hall could be arranged? The answer is, of course, "yes" if Boucher actually wanted to hear what the constituents have to say.
Another problem is location. The 9th district is over 8,800 square miles--larger than the state of New Jersey. The district includes nineteen counties and parts of three others along with four small independent cities. With a full month recess and the key issue being a government takeover of one-fifth of the American economy and the the health care of every citizen, it would seem Mr. Boucher would make himself more accessible to the people of this large district. The eastern side of his district is ignored.
Citizens of the 9th District need to demand that Rick Boucher takes his job seriously and makes himself available to folks of southwest Virginia. Call or visit Congressman Boucher's regional offices at:
188 East Main Street
Abingdon, Virginia 24210
106 North Washington
Pulaski, Virginia 24301
1 Cloverleaf Square,Suite C-1
Big Stone Gap, Virginia 24219