To the Editor:

An open letter to Sen. John Cornyn:

More that 80 of your constituents, from Bell County, Waco and Austin, stood outside the Mayborn Civic and Convention Center in Temple with signs highlighting our concerns about our affordable health care, public education, civil rights, women’s rights, immigration, global warming and the need to safeguard the free press, just to name a few.

While you were inside speaking to businessmen who each paid a $65 fee, we the people waited in the cold and wind until after dark, for three hours, for the opportunity to speak with you. Our congressional representatives are public servants, are they not? How do you therefore define ‘representative’ if you never make yourself available to hear from the people you claim to represent?

We continue our request for town hall meetings that are free and accessible to all Texans whom you have promised to represent. More than ever we need civil conversation and authentic efforts to listen and reason together. You have an opportunity to promote the respectful exchange of ideas at a time when this country must move beyond name-calling and cheap verbal insults fueled by fear. You referred to us when you spoke in Temple as “those who are outside,” so you heard us chanting over and over: “What do we want? TOWN HALLS! When do we want them? NOW!”

You are busy. We respect that. Those who stood outside are teachers, doctors, students, nurses, laborers and parents caring for their children. We are also busy trying to make ends meet.

We will gladly make the time to meet with you. The question is: will you, Sen. Cornyn, make the time to meet with us?

Irene Andrews


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