To the Editor,
Constituents expect this from their elected officials. Even if the politician disagrees, there is an expectation of responsiveness to citizens’ concerns, if only a respectful reply.
I read today about the meeting of local business owners in Pilot Mountain, who are losing their livelihoods, because of the seemingly nonchalant pace with which the 268 bridge is being reconstructed. Who can they turn to do something about it?
It parallels the feelings of many people in the Shoals community who are being confronted with factory farms that will hold 300,000 chickens on any given day, polluting homes and parks with toxic ammonia and bringing hoards of flies from dead chicken carcasses to their kitchen counters.
When there is a crisis in a community, the people turn to their elected officials to help them. The expectation is that the politicians will do something to solve the problem based on legitimate concerns. For both situations, the slow bridge and the polluting factory farms, it’s our State Representative Sarah Stevens and our State Senator Shirley Randleman who have the power to help, because both problems are regulated at the state level. I only hope that the business folks in Pilot Mountain get some help from Stevens and Randleman.
We in Shoals never received so much as a form letter from either of them when we asked them for help to stop factory farms around the treasured resource of Pilot Mountain State Park and our Shoals Recreation Fields.
Responsiveness. Our elected officials should at least have the courtesy to respond and even better to act, or publicly explain their lack of action. If not, our only power is at the ballot box.