Coffee with your Congressman Addresses Community Concerns

SUPERIOR, WI — Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Sean Duffy was in the Yel­low Jacket Union Café Wednes­day Sep­tem­ber 4th from 2-3pm for “Cof­fee with your Con­gress­man.” It was a free, town hall style meet­ing question/answer or a few audi­ence mem­bers chose to rant for a while Duffy smiled and lis­tened to his con­stituents concerns.

Mary Wil­let, Duffy’s Regional Rep­re­sen­ta­tive passed out half slips of paper for audi­ence mem­bers to fill out and be called upon. Duffy started with a few words on a topic that was on a lot of people’s minds: Syria.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Duffy stated that he’s against what many of his fel­low con­ser­v­a­tives believe is strong mil­i­tary action.  Duffy called it “a no win polit­i­cal strike for all sides.” UWS Junior Matt Munkel­witz was relieved to know his representative’s opin­ion on Syria. “I’m very happy that Mr. Duffy came to speak at the Uni­ver­sity and it’s nice to know his pol­icy about Syria” Munkel­witz stated.

Con­gress­man Duffy encour­aged peo­ple fol­low­ing the debate between key Sen­a­tors like John Boehner and John McCain to “grab some pop­corn… it’s going to be enter­tain­ing.” In addi­tion, he applauded the Pres­i­dents’ request of the opin­ion from Con­gress and that the United States Con­sti­tu­tion requires the Pres­i­dent to have Con­gres­sional approval.

Con­stituents also ques­tioned the Congressmen’s knowl­edge on the Attor­ney Gen­eral Eric Holder IRS scan­dal and he regret­ted to inform them that they still have lit­tle infor­ma­tion on that, and still have ques­tions on what hap­pened nearly a year ago in Benghazi.

Con­cerns also were addressed about the Foods move­ment and the small, Wis­con­sin farms that are suf­fer­ing. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Duffy reminded peo­ple that he served as the Dis­trict Attor­ney in Hay­ward and will always stand up for farms. He con­veyed the point that churches should be the ones assist­ing those in need, not the gov­ern­ment. Accord­ing to the Con­gress­men, food stamps are still a prob­lem and some­thing must be done about them.

Other top­ics that were brought up were help­ing small busi­nesses and eas­ing their work to start up. Duffy told the story of Ash­ley Furniture’s begin­ning and how dif­fer­ent things are currently.

Gun con­trol was also dis­cussed and the Rep­re­sen­ta­tive stood by his opin­ion that he would keep defend­ing the sec­ond amend­ment for law abid­ing, men­tally sta­ble citizens.

Duffy stated he is also in favor of keep­ing the post offices open, espe­cially for the sake of small towns.

Addi­tion­ally, Oba­macare was ques­tioned and the Con­gress­men said that it’s not likely to reduce costs and our senior cit­i­zens come first for receiv­ing health care.

On the local side of things, an audi­ence mem­ber raised con­cerns about train horns being too loud and inter­rupt­ing peo­ples sleep. Of course, the safety of warn­ing peo­ple that a train is com­ing is impor­tant, but a bal­ance of safety and noise com­plaints should be found.

The Rep­re­sen­ta­tive also talked about Bor­der Secu­rity. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Duffy highly encour­aged fully secur­ing our bor­ders. He also pro­poses a new label for the 11 mil­lion undoc­u­mented immi­grants in the U.S. to achieve that isn’t cit­i­zen­ship and giv­ing the right to vote, but gives them a sta­tus with no fear of deportation.

For more infor­ma­tion on when Duffy will be in the area again, you can con­tact Mary Wil­lett his Regional Rep­re­sen­ta­tive at 715–298-9344.

Left, Sam Vogel, Mid­dle Rep. Sean Duffy, Right Matt Munkelwitz

Image cour­tesy of Matt Munkelwitz
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