Listening sessions a step in the right direction

Print Article

Rep. Dan Newhouse’s three “listening sessions” with constituents this week in Moses Lake, Sunnyside and Yakima attracted many people who wanted to weigh in on the issues. Changes coming with the election of President Donald Trump are on voters’ minds. Some critics say Newhouse took too long to see the voters and attempt to answer their concerns. At any rate, we’re glad the sessions happened and there’s more to come in the Lower Yakima Valley today and in Okanogan County on April 20. It would be interesting to see if similar issues crop up.

We think Newhouse did the right thing by facing voters during this time of uncertainty with the new administration. Even if the listening sessions weren’t held as quickly as some would have liked. People who access healthcare via the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) are scared about talks of its appeal. In Moses Lake on Tuesday, voters were relentless with Newhouse and their questions showed good research and preparation. To his credit, Newhouse appeared to withstand the heat well and answered the questions to the best of his ability. We commend Newhouse for showing up to the sessions throughout the district in person and not taking the easy way out. The issues are too important not to. Even in a heavily Republican area like Moses Lake, it was clear the voters were not happy and wanted answers. They deserve that much.

Russian involvement in the presidential election, immigration issues, and internet privacy were also discussion topics during the Moses Lake event Tuesday.

In February, about 200 people took matters into their own hands and held a town hall meeting without Newhouse in the Tri-Cities, according to a Feb. 25 Tri-City Herald article. Comments were recorded for Newhouse to review at a later date.

We are glad local residents got involved, attended the listening session, and asked the tough questions. It is important to keep our lawmakers engaged with the public they serve.

— Editorial Board

Print Article

Read More Editorial

Powering our way of life

December 14, 2017 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald Affordable and reliable energy is one of the main drivers of our rapidly-expanding economy in Grant County. As stewards entrusted with the care and operations of your local public utility district, w...

Comments

Read More

Ringing a bell for the Salvation Army

December 14, 2017 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald MOSES LAKE — The man walking across the parking lot noticed me immediately. “How long until that makes you go tone deaf?” he asked of the tiny bell I was ringing. “Well, I’ve been at this for 10 mi...

Comments

Read More

Othello schools continuing to grow – together

December 07, 2017 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald As our community continues to grow, we celebrate that people have discovered our little corner of the world and the vast opportunities it has to offer. Othello has long been known for its beautiful ...

Comments

Read More

City officials appreciative of roads funds, explain timeline

November 30, 2017 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald On behalf of the Moses Lake City Council and staff, I would like to thank the citizens of Moses Lake for their support and passage of city proposition 1. This proposition increases the sales tax coll...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(509) 765-4561
PO Box 910
Moses Lake, WA 98837

©2017 Columbia Basin Herald Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X