I became quite frustrated with Congressman Bill Foster and his staff when I attended his â€œNeighborhood Office Hoursâ€ at the DeKalb Public Library on Aug. 11. Though I realize the staff was in DeKalb to assist local residents with federal benefits such as Social Security and Medicare, the congressman was nowhere to be found!
With healthcare reform, the struggling economy, and other hot-button issues at the forefront, I would have expected him to be there to hear concerns and answer any questions constituents may have. Yet those of us that attended the meeting to discuss federal legislation were left to express our concerns with a sheet of paper. Supposedly, it will reach Fosterâ€™s eyes.
In addition, his Regional Outreach Coordinator couldnâ€™t tell me the last time Foster was in the DeKalb and Sycamore area for a meeting with the public. The staff member, however, did explain Foster will be hosting a tele-town hall discussion in the coming weeks. Judging by the number of people that showed up at the â€œNeighborhood Office Hoursâ€ to question him on pressing topics, I can see why Foster would want to hide behind a phone and be selective about the few constituents among thousands who will be allowed to speak during the conversation.
Clearly the 14th Congressional District deserves a representative that is forthcoming about his stance on issues which affect the country and doesnâ€™t send his staff to give vague answers to important questions. In short, we deserve someone that doesnâ€™t hide out when issues get heated.