Jennifer Ferrell: Deaf ears at the top

July 18, 2013 

Unavailable ears

I was at the State Capitol to deliver 16,000 signatures bringing attention to deep cuts to public education. After our governor was photographed catching a baseball, we were taken aback. Instead of acknowledging those voices, he made light of them. The request for a meeting with him and public school teachers and parents has gone unanswered by his office.

After attending a few constituent meetings around the General Assembly, I scheduled a meeting with various constituents to meet with House Speaker Thom Tillis. This meeting was scheduled in May for July 9, and by 9 a.m. on July 8 his scheduler called to cancel because, “There are legislative measures the speaker needs to address before meeting with constituents.”

Like many General Assembly counterparts, this man who wants to run for U.S. Senate has shown no desire to meet and learn from others.

Our governor is on the defensive to listen or help by paying attention to a large number of his constituency. These representatives do not just represent those who voted for them. This seems to be the problem we have at the core of our state politics.

Jennifer Ferrell


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