We had a great time at the McDonald County fair last week. There were some wonderful opportunities for the kids to show their animals and 101 of them made the Premium sale! This fair is truly about the kids and the hard work they do to get ready for the annual event. Jane and I had a great time working in the cook shack on Friday night, it's a lot of work but it is really fun to see all the people that come in for food and drinks. I look forward every year for the fairs in Newton and McDonald Counties, but by the time they are over, I have to admit I'm a little relieved. Too bad we can't have them in November when it's cool.
I hear a lot of talk about our interim committees this year. We have so many really important issues to take up next year that the Speaker decided to get a jump on it by holding hearings all over the state. We have interim committees on Agriculture issues, Education issues, Medicaid Reform, Downsizing Government, and several others. The point in doing this is to get public involvement. Each of the 163 Representatives answer to roughly 36,000 constituents. I send out surveys to determine what the people I represent expect from their State government. To be sure, the people in Newton and McDonald Counties are of an entirely different mind on some subjects than those in St. Louis County. My job is to propose legislation and to vote on legislation that the majority of my constituents favor. A St. Louis Rep has the same responsibility. By holding these hearings all over the state, the interim committees will have a much better idea of what Missourian's want and expect.
I am working with folks in Seneca and Pineville to present a program this fall at the Library to inform people of their choices on Medicare part B, C, and D. We will post dates and times when we get closer, probably September or October. The reason for holding meetings at the Libraries is they have computers available to allow decisions to be made at the time of the meetings.
Food For Thought this week: If being stripped of the ability to defend yourself makes you more "safe" according to the government...you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.