What is Washboard Express?

Washboard Express is a way for me to express my own opinions, to be a provocative gadfly, by writing a "letter a day" to the President. I may miss a day here and there, because sometimes my family with be my first priority, but my goal is to write a total of 365 letters, representing one full year. To say I have opinions about most things would be to understate the obvious. Those of you that know me, know this is true, those who don't know me, will learn that it's true. The Washboard is a reference to going back to basics and "keeping it clean," so if you would like me to post your comments or opinions on this blog, I only ask that you be respectful. So go ahead, express yourself, and I look forward to an exchange of ideas and opinions.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Day 9... Dear Mr. President

Day 9
Dear Mr. President

Some of the things I discuss are very trivial compared to the problems you have to deal with on a daily basis… quite frankly I don’t know how you do it, but I’m very grateful that you do.

On day 2 I told you about my brother Charlie passing away from the stress of not being able to find a job in the last year and a half.

Today I want to tell you about a remarkable member of Congress, Sam Farr. Sam is the Congressman for the 17th District, a district that covers Santa Cruz, CA. On April 18, Congressman Farr sent a letter to Charlie’s partner Kari… here’s what it said.

Dear Kari:
My profound sympathies go out to you upon the loss of your partner, Charles Stuart Fields. He will be remembered by the love of family and friends.

The death of a loved one is always difficult, in part because we rarely have the time to properly prepare ourselves for their departure. I understand your grief because I, too, have lost many close to me, including my father, mother and youngest sister. I hope your fond memories and the support of our local community can in some way ease your loss.

Additionally, please extend my condolences to the rest of your family. If there is anything that my wife, Shary, or I may do to be of help to you, I hope you will not hesitate to let me know.


Member of Congress

I have never heard of a Congressperson sending such a letter. Kari was shocked and mystified at how Congressman Farr learned of her loss. I can also tell you, Kari was unbelievably grateful for his thoughtfulness, and the fact that he offered not only his help, but that of his wife Shary, too.

Unfortunately I live in the 3rd district and my Congressman is Dan Lungren, one of the more unpleasant, disingenuous, and condescending members. I can’t even imagine him doing anything so kind and generous. I sincerely hope Dr. Ami Bara kicks his behind in the next election.

The point is Mr. President… the people are hurting, they desperately need jobs, health care, mortgage relief, etc… etc… but this wonderful, kind, thoughtful gesture from Congressman Farr says volumes about his character. Even if it’s just something that he has his staff do, and he just signs the letters, it’s still remarkably kind, and we need more Congress people like him.

Most Respectfully,

Marcia Reimers
The Gadfly Granny

P.S. I told Kari to ask Congressman Farr to find her a job… I hope she does.

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