By DAVID A. WILSON
As a part of the "Connecting with the Citizens" program, Rep. Vicky Hartzler - Fourth District - stopped by the California Nutrition Center Thursday, April 4, to hear concerns of the local residents.
California was the middle stop for the day, with the first a business round table in Versailles and the last stops at two elementary schools in Sedalia. Commenting that she likes to visit with the people she serves, listen to their concerns and get their ideas, Hartzler said its good to get back to the "home of common sense."
The Congresswoman, accompanied by several staff members, went to different tables at the nutrition center listened to concerns of those present.
Topics brought up were wide-ranging. Some of world-wide interest included concerns such as problems between Israel and Egypt in dealing with Hamas, the North Korea problem and the financial failures in the European Union.
National issues discussed included the economy, Social Security and the future of health care in this country. A really local issue brought up was the restriction against using trays at the nutrition center.
The tray issue is an effort to keep costs down by avoiding several tray-related issues such as the use of water and detergent to wash all of the trays.
Speaking to the group as a whole, Hartzler said, "If you see something crazy, give us a call."
The object is to find out what some of the concerns are of a wide range of contituents in the district and where possible take those concerns to Washington, D.C.
"Work together, make your voice heard, and pray," Hartzler said.