Thursday, February 26, 2009

And then... they defend their inaction with this:

Acton —

Tuesday's editorial, "A do-nothing Legislature," implied that because there aren't a lot of outward signs of progress from the Legislature, that we aren't doing anything of value with our time.
It is true that legislators have only recently received committee assignments and have met infrequently for formal session - but that doesn't mean we aren't working.
Over the past few weeks, legislators have been digging into the details of the state's fiscal crisis and communicating that information to local elected officials and constituents; helping more and more constituents who need help finding a job, securing healthcare, or keeping their housing during these tough economic times; meeting with advocates about budget priorities and reviewing the 6,000+ bills that have been filed; and attending community meetings to keep in touch with the priorities of the district.
My daily schedule frequently begins at 8 a.m. in the morning with breakfast meetings, and often goes till 9 p.m. - or later - at night. And I know I'm not the only one - I run into MetroWest legislators at events every day of the week, morning, day and night.
To assume that attending formal session is the only work a legislator does is a gross oversimplification of the daily job. And while the frustration the editorial expresses is valid and well-taken, in the end it only serves to undermine public confidence in area legislators, many of whom are working extremely hard for this region.

JAMIE ELDRIDGE, Acton

The writer is state senator, representing the Middlesex & Worcester District.

5 Comments:

At February 27, 2009 at 5:34 PM , Blogger new to blogging said...

Try this line on your boss when you don't show up for work for two months. Do you think he would beleive you? I doubt it. But they think we will beleive them. That is because they treat us like we are all idiots. Time to show them they are wrong about that, don't you think?

 
At February 27, 2009 at 5:36 PM , Blogger Rich said...

No one in their right mind would expect us to buy this bunch of crap. THis guy must be nuts to convince us he is working hard. Breakfast meetings? I wonder who picked up the tab for that breakfast? I am willing it wasn't him, either someone bought it for him to win some favor, or you and I paid for his breakfast, and for whoever he had breakfast with!

 
At February 27, 2009 at 6:16 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

We know one thing Rich.. they didn't pay tolls

It's time New... but we can't shoot or fire em, that leaves the Boston Harbor.

 
At March 1, 2009 at 11:50 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Useless people doing useless work that does considerable damage to all of us. When does this cycle end, and how do we survive until it does?

 
At March 2, 2009 at 1:15 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Anon,

We have to be vigilant in our efforts to expose the people (elected elite) who continue to do what they want, with us.

I suggest we do what we need to do to survive and wait for the opportunity to fire them all.

 

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