The 113th letter: A democracy is defined by the participation of its citizens– not their absence

Dear Governor Haslam:

This is my 113th letter to you.

I am still astonished by my phone call to your office yesterday.  To be told that it is the policy of the governor of a state not to talk with constituents about any issue is absolutely alarming.  It makes me wonder about the integrity of the whole process.  Any democracy it seems to me must be defined by the participation of its citizens and not their enforced absence.  I do not understand how you try to market yourself as the governor of people you won’t even talk to.  I don’t want to be managed.  I want to talk with, not be talked at.

You need the support of the people of Tennessee in what is ahead.  It is hard to have a conversation when no one is listening.

Until tomorrow.

Yours truly,

Larry Drain

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