Letter to the editor: Group strives to inform voters

Group strives to inform voters

I am president of the High Plains Patriots, a non-partisan group whose purpose is to ensure American voters are informed and educated on political issues. Twice last month, we had this opportunity.

First, was the town hall meeting with U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., and approximately 450 people attended on Aug 18. A second meeting was held Aug. 22 and about 100 people attended.

Both were great events that allowed Americans to exercise their freedoms and provided them an opportunity to learn about issues and voice their concerns.

I thank Sen. Bingaman for hosting the first meeting. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and U.S. Rep. Ben Lujan, D-N.M., were also invited to host town halls but have thus far declined.

The health-care forum on Aug. 22 was a wonderful event and I want to thank our panel of political experts: State Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, State Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, State Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Tucumcari, and County Commissioner Caleb Chandler. Each thanked the audience for their attendance and promised to take our comments and concerns to local, state and federal officials.

Additionally, we had a distinguished panel of health-care providers who read the 1,000-plus pages of the health-care bill and provided valuable insight concerning the health-care system and possible answers.

And, an excellent review of the Water Restoration Act and the cap-and-trade bill was provided at the Aug. 22 meeting.

For those interested in High Plains Patriots or learning about issues facing Americans today, we have meetings starting at 7 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at The Masters Center Conference Room.

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