Keep in touch with elected officials


It appears that voting booths are becoming as archaic as the public telephone booth with regard to communicating with governmental officials. Today’s modern devices for communicating are cell phones, social networks and, in a diminishing manner, telephone land lines.

The creditability of both chambers of the U.S. Congress is measurably at its lowest point in recent times. The need to communicate with elected officials is, however, increasingly important during these times of critical challenges to our nation and the American way of life.

As a nation we have witnessed the virtual collapse of the filibuster process within the U.S. Senate. Currently it lacks transparency and has become a roadblock to getting vital legislative actions accomplished.

In the very near future the Senate has the opportunity to revise its rules. It is therefore time for concerned citizens to raise a collective voice to demand that such rules address the need to restore the effectiveness of the filibuster in its deliberations.

Senate rules need to require its members to publicly identify themselves if they wish to raise objections to an issue before the Senate. Further, these issues require a full floor debate before a vote is taken.

I encourage each of us to call the Washington offices of Sens. Harry Reid (202-224-3542), Sherrod Brown (220-224-2315) and Rob Portman (202-224-3353) and request they move on restoring the filibuster to its time-honored place within the legislative process. Their positive action in this regard can help rebuild the public’s confidence in at least the congressional branches of government.

Tom Flynn