A question from Gary Kuhlman of Racine, WI:
limited access to Internet
In principle the idea of using the Internet to allow government representative to have access to their constituents opinions is something that was not dreamt of by our founding fathers. It's a great idea, but what group of would be represented. Those with computers? Only the computer literate? Obviously those with more education would be represented my e-mail and other forms of communication via the computer. What would become of the rest of the population?
Rep. Granger responds:
I think that is an excellent question. Using computers and the World Wide Web is just one way that I interact with constituents. The best way for me to communicate with people is to talk with people in person. I still have one-on-one discussions and town hall meetings in the District so I can effectively listen and learn from the people who voted for me. Constituents who do not have computers can always write letters, phone or fax my Fort Worth office. You can reach me at 1600 West 7th Street, Suite 740, Fort Worth, TX 76102, phone number is (817) 338-0909 or in Washington at 515 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515, phone number is (202) 225-5071. I look forward to hearing from you.
Rep. Johnson responds:
My Web page (http://www.house.gov/jayjohnson/) and e-mail address
(email@example.com) are tools to communicate with my
constituents. Hopefully, people can reach me who might not write me a
letter or pick up the phone. I don't think the Internet is a
replacement for conventional communication, just a supplement. And for
me, any way to bring more people into the public debate and let more
people know what we're working on in Washington is positive progress.
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