Letter to the Editor – July 18

Editor,

Earlier this month, Diana and I travelled over 2,000 miles across Wyoming. We held “Collecting Common Sense from Wyoming for Washington” listening sessions in seven communities in the state. We were pleased to hear from Sundance area residents. A New York Times reporter who attended a few of the meetings told me he was surprised with how informed people were. He shouldn’t have been surprised. I wasn’t. I appreciate the ability of Wyoming folks to know what is wrong and to come up with new ideas to solve the most complex of problems. We don’t need to be told how to live our lives or have someone do the hard work for us, we know what needs to be done and we just do it. That’s what we need more of in Washington.

Concerns about common core education, immigration, and the intrusion of the federal government into our daily lives were part of the discussion in every community I visited. Sundance area residents also brought up concerns about the NSA spying on Americans, ethanol subsidies and the EPA’s war on coal, among quite a few other topics.

Thank you for taking time out of your day to share your thoughts and ideas with me. While it’ll take me some time to absorb everything that was shared, the listening sessions are always a learning experience. I appreciate all the great ideas and great Wyoming common sense. And please, keep it coming. You can get ideas to me by calling my Gillette office (307-682-6268), my D.C. office (1-888-250-1879) or emailing me through my web page at enzi.senate.gov. It’s more difficult for me to respond to comments on my Facebook page and Twitter, but I review them as closely as possible. I encourage you to “like” www.facebook.com/mikeenzi and “follow” @SenatorEnzi. I send out frequent updates, and every other week when we are in session I also record a video in response to comments I’ve received on my social media web pages, so watch for that as well.

U.S. Senator Mike Enzi