As The Banner went to press Wednesday, both houses of Congress were in session, although some might ask why.
Plenty has been written and posted and aired about certifying that Joe Biden won the election for president.
We will not debate that here.
Instead, we want to revive a question about heard in political circles – “What have you done for me lately?”
Instead of this being a political and cynical question, we think residents of Pointe Coupee Parish should be asking that question of our elected representatives.
It might be time to our congressmen who “We the people” are.
Americans vote for fellow Americans to represent them in Congress. These representatives are supposed to serve their fellow Americans, their constituents they are called.
Yes, many national issues come before Congress that affect every state.
But Americans also expect our elected representatives to do that, represent the people of their district in the U.S. House and the people of their state in the U.S. Senate. Look after the small problems. Look after the local needs that the federal government can address.
Somehow, that seems to have been pushed into the background as congressmen pontificate and posture.
We are not sure how ponticiating and posturing will held Pointe Coupee Parish deal with health issues, eocnomic issues ro education issues.
Maybe “We the people” need to remind our elected representatives who sent them there and whose problems they should be working to solve.
Cynics shrug and call it “politics.” They say it won’t ever change.
Perhaps we need to show these politicians, not always a nice term, that we know who they are and will remember what they have – and have not – done for their fellow Americans.
Here are the senators and congressman who serve Pointe Coupee Parish. Yes, they serve us. And here is how to contact them.
• U.S. Sen. John Kennedy
Washington, D.C. (202) 224-4623
Baton Rouge (225) 926-8033
Web site: kennedy.senate.gov
Facebook: “Senator John Kennedy”
• U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy
Washington, D.C. (202) 224-5824
Baton Rouge (225) 929-7711
Web site: cassidy.senate.gov
Facebook: “U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy”
• U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, 6th District
Washington, D.C. (202) 225-3901
Baton Rouge (225) 442-1731
Web site: garretgraves.house.gov
Facebook: “Congressman Garret Graves”
We recommend calling, emailing or messaging our congressmen to remind them we also have issues.
Yes, who will be our president is a crucial issue. But that has been decided by voters, and upheld by varisou courts.
Let’s see if our congressmen spend the same amount of energy on us.