I could not agree more with Patrick Lalley’s latest collumn and his call for town halls.
Sen. John Thune should be commended for a series of
gatherings across the state, including here in Sioux Falls on Wednesday. Sen. Tim Johnson and Rep. Kristi Noem should heed that commendation. Staffers for Johnson and Noem will point out all the public appearances their bosses have conducted as of late, as Congress has been out of session.
These tend to be controlled or ill-publicized affairs, however, that allow for little interaction with the actual public.
I understand taking questions from an unfiltered crowd can be a messy, occasionally uncomfortable experience. But this is South Dakota after all, not New Jersey.
I’m pretty sure I remember a campaign slogan used by John Thune that is perfect for this topic. Hey elected officials… “IT’S TIME!”