Those Kansans attending the Moran town hall from places other than Palco and Rooks County want to thank you for your hospitality, even though it was the senator who picked the place. You were excellent hosts.
We write this because some people, including a paid lobbyist from Palco/Rooks County, reportedly complained about “outsiders.” If you felt this way, just know that we indeed are in this together.
We understand any feeling of being overcome. Many people attended from all over the state. Why? The stakes are high. We had no great desire to travel two to five hours for face time with our senator, but frankly, he came no closer to us than your town. Many of us have driven hundreds of miles, spent hundreds of dollars, invested hundreds of person-hours, made dozens of office visits and hundreds of calls, all trying to be meaningfully heard by our national legislators. It’s frustrating.
And frankly, it crossed our mind he might have been seeking smaller, more accepting venues.
All of us Kansans, whether from cities or rural areas, realize we have common interests that must be heard by our legislative representatives, and again, frankly, we are not feeling heard.
Kansans are always stronger when we stand together, and we stand together in expecting more from our legislators.
Many of us grew up in small communities, and it felt good to hear rural communities’ unique concerns. They are not different from the lapses in services occurring in poor neighborhoods in large cities. Author Chris Hedges calls these “sacrifice zones.” We are not a sacrifice zone. We should want more for all Kansans.
Thank you, Palco, for accommodating all of us.
Salina Resistance #Indivisible
In attendance: Priti Cox, Stan Cox, Jeff Zamrzla, David Norlin, Margy Stewart, Chris Seitz and Janet Hanson
In support: Paul Krumm, Deb Briggs, Joan Ratzlaff, James Talley, Gerald Gillespie, Cori Sherman North, Hugh Irvin, Lee Romaniszyn, Trish Hayden, Amanda Olivier, Janice Norlin and Willow Leenders