I went to the Burnsville Library yesterday after seeing a flyer that said Town Hall Meeting with or without Jason Lewis. When I first arrived, there were about 30 to 40 people standing outside the library. I was told the meeting room was filled to capacity and they decided to gather outside and talk about their concerns and expectations. Some of the topics had to do with health care, education, and Russian involvement in issues regarding our country.
Then I went inside to listen to the people there. One of the most emotional testimonies came from a young woman who said that she was one of the people that was using up a lot of our health care money. She said that she had breast cancer and she wanted to live so that she could take care of children. Looking around, I saw a number of people who had tears in their eyes after listening to this young woman. She received a standing ovation when she finished.
What is amazing to me is how many gatherings are springing up because people are so concerned about what is happening in Washington, D. C. and they want to talk to Congressman Lewis. It seems he is not making himself readily available and he did not attend this meeting. It is the residents of CD2 that are setting up these meetings as a way to express their frustration and make sure the Congressman knows how his constituents feel about the way their government is being conducted. Several of the people that I talked with said they had never been active politically before. While many are concerned about the immediate issues, even more are concerned about the future for our children and grandchildren.