Like most people, the holidays are personal. It’s my favorite time of the year.
With Thanksgiving upon us, I’d like to take a second and reflect on what this particular holiday means to me. It would be easy to be distracted by the food. What’s not to love about sweet potatoes with toasted marshmallows or that gravy boat of deliciousness poured over Stovetop stuffing? I like a good Thanksgiving meal like the next person, but ultimately, it’s who you share it with that represents the true meaning of this day.
We’ve seen stories of late of Congress people on both sides of the aisle afraid to hold town hall style forums back home in their districts with their constituents. Here in Maine it’s rare to see open access to our congressional delegation. I can count on one hand how many times I’ve seen one of our congressional members in the House or Senate, actually holding an open, free, public meeting.
I’m a firm believer in the idea of having an accountable government. Having a direct line of communication between constituents and the elected officials they are supposed to represent. I’m not talking about going through a staff member, but being able to go straight to the office holder. For me, it allows me to gauge what is important to the community and what I need to be fighting for at the Statehouse.
Beyond the Headlines
Weekly Column featured in The Biddeford-Saco-OOB Courier Newspaper by Rep. Justin Chenette of Saco