From KAKE: Town hall frustrated Senators did not show

Town hall frustrated Senators did not show

written by Gloria Van Rees


The Alford Branch Library in south Wichita was the backdrop for the Women's March town hall meeting Tuesday night. A standing-room only crowd filled the conference room to voice their concerns to Kansas Senators Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts. Except they did not show up.

That fact did not go unnoticed. One woman, who did not give her name, read an email she sent to the Senators during the town hall. "I'm standing in a town hall you couldn't bother to show up to," she read.


"You won't talk to us. You won't answer us. I feel like you guys go to Washington to have a job," complained Becky, a cancer patient who wanted to know about the future of her health insurance.

Health care was one of the more popular topics that a number of people spoke about. "I just wanna know whats going to happen to my insurance at the end of the year," said Monica Marks. 

Other topics included voting, the environment and immigration. Guadualupe Magdaleno explained why it was important for her to get up and speak. "I feel different after [the] election. I have been in this country for almost 40 years, and I have never feared for my safety in this country. After the election, I was watching my back and kind of wondering."

Roberts chose to attend the Kansas Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner in Topeka. 

One of the town hall moderators was James Thompson, the Democrat running for Mike Pompeo's seat in the 4th Congressional District special election. One thing stuck out to him. "People are angry, and they are tired of elected officials who are supposed to represent them," Thompson said.

Bill Ripley has seen a lot in his seven decades, but he said he's now worried more than ever. "I don't think in my 72 years I have ever been more upset with the political situation in the United States as I am right now," said Ripley. 

People from both sides of the aisle are frustrated by the current conditions in Washington. That's part of the reason why the Women's March movement is gaining momentum across the country, and now here in Kansas.