Opinion

Make voice heard at Jan. 20 forum

To the editor:


While setting personal goals for 2018, perhaps each of us should consider allocating a bit more time each week toward expanding our civic engagement.


As reported in the Jan. 8 issue of The Fairfield Ledger, the ?GOP vows ?chapter 2? of conservative agenda for Iowa.? How did you feel about chapter 1? Whatever your feelings were, did you express them to your State Senator and State Representative?


Last year, many citizens were shocked by Iowa House Study Bill 138, which, if passed, would have canceled licensure requirements for social workers, mental health therapists, barbers, and other professionals.


Strong citizen opposition defeated passage of this bill, which would have diminished client safety while undermining the careers of dedicated Iowans who work hard to earn and maintain professional licenses.


Don?t let national political news obscure what?s happening locally.


Educate yourself about issues that matter to you and let your state legislators know how you feel.


Thanks to the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, you can do this in person 7:30-9 a.m. Saturday, Jan 20, at a legislative forum in the Best Western Fairfield Inn. Forums will be held in February, March, and April, too. If you hope to persuade legislators and neighbors to adopt your point of view, carefully study the issues, listen respectfully to others? opinions, and stay engaged in the legislative process.


 


? Cheryl Fusco Johnson, Fairfield