Residents Again Air Concerns At Goodlatte Meeting

By: 
Kit Huffman

March 16 - For the third time this year (and less than two months into the new presidential administration), local residents turned out Thursday morning to inundate the representatives of local Congressman Bob Goodlatte with hard questions during his monthly open-door meeting in Lexington. 

As in the past, staffer Debbie Garrett wrote down the concerns expressed to pass on to the congressman.  However, this time Goodlatte’s chief of staff, Pete Larkin also came to the meeting, thereby becoming the target of some of the frustration expressed during the hour and a half meeting.

Nearly 50 people signed an attendance roster, though the number of people in room fluctuated during the morning.  Speakers brought up a wide range of issues, from Trump’s latest immigration ban and Congress’s proposed replacement of Obamacare to proposed federal budget cuts in education and environmental protection.

The local activist group 50 Ways Rockbridge helped organize public attendance through email and social media.

For more on the meeting, see the March 22 issue of The News-Gazette.

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