Friday, January 31, 2014

Town Hall Meeting with Senator Moran

Senator Jerry Moran was in WaKeeney doing a Town Hall meeting on New Year's Eve.  I wasn't sure how many people would be there during the week between Christmas and New Years, but I knew it was something I definitely wanted to attend.  And, I was pleasantly surprised.  There were over 40 attendees of all ages.  I guess the benefit to having Town Hall during Christmas Break means that students could attend.  I love watching the future leaders of Kansas getting involved.

He shared what is going on in Washington right now especially in regard to health care, the Farm Bill, education, new voting rules in the U.S. Senate, and wind energy. I was pleased to see citizens having the opportunity to share their thoughts and concerns.  Who better knows the challenges we struggle with than us?  Who better knows the needs of agriculture than the farmer?  After a brief presentation, the floor was open for questions and discussion.  The questions and topic of conversation definitely related to the current concerns of the majority of the citizens in the room.  There was a lot of discussion about agriculture and the new healthcare issues and the future of rural hospitals.

I did not have a chance to personally talk to Senator Moran.  He had another meeting to get to and a 1/2 hour drive to get there.  Oh, the joys of rural Kansas.  It is generally a 30 minutes or more drive between towns.  :)  No wonder people are concerned with the possibility of closing rural hospitals.  We choose to drive 30 minutes or more for dinner or a movie, but that is by choice and recreational.  I can't imagine having to drive 30 minutes or more for medical reasons because that is your only option.

Thankful thoughts for today:
City bus
Perfect timing

"In life there are two kinds of people:  those who inspire you and those who bring you down.  However, in the end, you'll thank both of them."        

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