Dear Chris Lee,

12 Mar

I know you adore the telephone town-hall meetings, but let me tell you why they’re pretty lame and inconvenient.

Now, I’m really happy that you hold anything at all. Some representatives don’t. But invariably, you hold your “town halls” at 5:40 pm. At 5:40 pm, I’m just getting home from work and scrambling to help get dinner ready. Or I’m helping with homework. 5:40 literally couldn’t be less convenient for regular working families.

Move the time to 6:30. Give us a chance to take a breath after a long day at work.

And more to the point, on the one occasion I stuck through a few minutes of a telephone town hall meeting, the one comment that got through was merely parroting your current position. I rolled my eyes and figured that the calls were being screened so as not to be too contrary to your stated position. Now, admittedly that may not be the case, but it was the impression I got.

How about this. Your district isn’t all that big. Maybe 60 miles across at its widest? How about holding genuine, in-person town hall meetings throughout the district, and do them at times when working people can attend. 6:30 is about right.



5 Responses to “Dear Chris Lee,”

  1. Mike at 8:26 am #

    I agree, a ‘telephone town hall meeting’ seems to be a mutually exclusive term…

  2. Kevin J. at 9:59 am #

    Val and I have now received calls to participate in at least three of Rep. Chris Lee’s telephone town hall meetings. Too bad we still live in Buffalo’s West Side and not in Rep. Lee’s distrrict.

  3. Kevin J. at 9:59 am #

    That’s “district.”

  4. BobbyCat at 3:25 pm #

    That can’t be a mistake. Most of Mr. Lee’s constitutients are in their milk houses milking cows at half past 5. No joke. If he wanted them to participate he would hold it anytime BUT milking time.
    Unless of course he is out of touch with his people and their lives.

  5. Jonathan Wellinton-Fidrych III at 11:27 am #

    Chris Lee is perfect. (Even more perfect than Sam Hoyt.) The timing of his meetings is just right for those of us privileged and cultured citizens who are just waking from our naps when they begin. Too bad if you nose pickers are busy with mundane tasks and insipid labors. You are not the base, WE are.,

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