“Sad” is a word often used by President Donald Trump at the end of his tweets on anything he disagrees with. This could include undermining the press, or responding to what he considers to be fake news. Sad does, however, describe my feelings when I think about our Representative Bruce Poliquin and his refusal to meet with his constituents. His excuse was that there hasn’t been enough security. To my knowledge, none of the legislators who met with large groups of people in their districts have been harmed by the people they met with. A group did meet with one of Representative Poliquin’s aides. In this political climate where so many of our democratic principles and ideals are at stake, meeting face to face with his constituents is imperative.

I received three letters from Representative Poliquin indicating that he was against ObamaCare and would be voting to dismantle it. I’ve written e-mails and called him on numerous occasions urging him to vote in favor of the Affordable Care Act because millions of people would be without health insurance before it was adequately replaced with a Republican plan. Many of the people affected are his constituents. 

I phoned him requesting an independent commission to investigate President Trump’s connection with Russian interference in our election. Also, the American people have the right to know the truth about the former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, and his meeting with Russian officials concerning U.S. sanctions against Russia before his confirmation. Did President Trump know about and support these discussions while he was President-elect? 

Additionally, we need members of the House to speak out against President Trump’s heartless and inhumane executive order to deport undocumented people. ICE agents and others are breaking up families, deporting parents and other family members who have been living in the U.S. for decades. These are hardworking people, trying to support their children. Very often, their children have been born in the U.S. Also, President Trump is beginning to dismantle the rights of our LGBT family members, friends, and neighbors.

Representative Poliquin may not be able to remedy many of the problems that President Trump is causing. However, it is important that he meet with us, listen to what we have to say, giving us the time and respect we deserve. After all it is our tax dollars that are paying his salary.

Phyllis Coelho, Belfast