‘Democracy is a participation sport’

To the editor:

The worldwide Women’s March and Muslim Ban protests were “very, very great,” however, while walking on one, two, three or more days is a “very, very great” way to show you believe in American principles, it will change nothing. Soooooooooooo….

Make a pledge to yourself to be aware of local, state, and federal ordinances and laws that are passed so that you know if they are or are not “really, really great” and in your interest. If they are not, it is your duty as a citizen to write, email, or call a local council member, a state or federal representative or senator and state your opinion. In case you haven’t been informed or have forgotten it, DEMOCRACY IS A PARTICIPATION SPORT.

You may also attend the next (Feb. 25th/March 25) local Eggs & Issues Q & A Forum held in Triton Cafe at ICCC, 8:30a.m. to 10 a.m. attended by state senators & representatives.

The following is a (keeper) list of phone #’s and email addresses of state and federal officials who are working for you.


Senator Tim Kraayenbrink — (515) 408-477, tim.kraayenbrink@legis.iowa.gov

Senator Jerry Behn – (515) 432-7327, jerry.behn@legis.iowa.gov

Representative Bob Bacon — (515) 460-8885, rob.bacon@legis.iowa.gov

Representative Helen Miller — (515) 570-3535, helen.miller@legis.

Representative Mike Sexton — (712) 297-8720, mike.sexton@legis.iowa.gov


Charles Grassley, Washington DC — (202) 224-3744, to email him you must go to his website.

Senator Joni Ernst, Washington DC — (202) 224-3254, to email her you must go to her website.

Representative Steve King — (202) 225-4424, he has never answered anything I have sent. Maybe you will get lucky.

Please remember “When they go low, we go high.” Be kind to one another.

Marjorie Franks

Fort Dodge


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