By Sen. JOSEPH SILK
Our republic form of government has morphed into something completely different than what it was a century ago. The government was formed by the people and for people, and is therefore accountable to the people; yet it seems that a large percent of what takes place these days is actually going against the will of the people, including legislation that benefits a few and burdens the majority as well as laws that actual steal money from hard working citizens that in no way provide necessary government services.
Sometimes, it seems that the government is a rival to the people. Sadly, legislators, special interest groups, and citizens seem to think this is the norm and just go with the flow. This attitude must change if we want to preserve our republic. There is a gap between elected officials and the people who voted them into office, and that is a gap that I don’t want to exist between the people of southeastern Oklahoma and myself as an elected official.
As I have mentioned in my previous senate reviews, I will be hosting a series of town hall meetings over the next couple of months throughout Senate District 5. I truly desire to hear the needs, concerns, and desires of my constituents! The dates, times, and locations are posted below, and I encourage everyone to grab a friend and come to one of these meetings. Even if you don’t have any questions or concerns to voice, it is good to hear what your neighbors have to say! I am also in the process of engaging more citizens in our state government, because the more people are involved, the louder our voice will be.
- Idabel Public Library: Tuesday, Aug. 18, 6-7 p.m.
- Broken Bow Public Library: Thursday, Aug. 20, 6-7 p.m.
- Valliant High School Auditorium: Tuesday, Aug. 25, 6-7 p.m.
- Wright City High School Auditorium: Thursday, Aug. 27, 6-7 p.m.
- Hugo Public Library: Tuesday, Sept. 1, 6-7 p.m.
- Boswell (to be announced)
- Clayton (to be announced)
- Antlers (to be announced)
- Heavener: Monday, Sept. 28, 6-7 p.m. (location to be announced)
- Talihina Public Library: Tuesday, Sept. 29, 6-7 p.m.
I also welcome your questions and concerns, so please feel free to contact my office at the State Capitol if you would like to discuss a particular issue or problem. Our office can be reached by phone at 405.521.5614 or by email at [email protected].
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