If you had achance to sit down with a legislator (either at the state or federal level),what questions would you ask them and why.If I were giventhe opportunity to sit down and posequestions to any of my Legislators, I wouldchoose an audience with Will Hurd,U.S. Representative fromTexas.
Representative Hurd isfrom my District (Texas 23rd) . He has made numerous local appearances, and seems genuinein speaking with his constituents about their concerns. Issues I feel that are relevant to address at this time,thereby effecting my future and the future of the United States of America are:Agriculture, Energy, and Health Care.
Agriculture is an important part of MedinaCounty’s economy. Accordingto information from theU. S. Department of Agriculture, Medina County producesmany valuable crops, such as corn, cotton,oats, sorghum, and winter wheat.Cattle production is also a big part of the economy.
My question toRepresentative Hurd would be: How are you and other representatives promoting, protecting, and strengthening family farms?Another critical issue in shaping and impacting ournation is that of Energy and Energy independence. Discussions and policiesconcerning this must perpetually be examined. Texas and our nation haveresources that allow Energy to be affordable and reliable. This is a dynamic topic where responsible useof current economically feasible energy resources (e.g. fossil fuels such asCoal and other Carbon based products) and continued development of alternateenergy resources (e.g.
“renewables”such as wind, photovoltaic, tidal, geothermal and even nuclear) merge together.In essence my second question to Representative Hurd would be: Canyou elaborate on what policies you would support to keep the United Statesenergy independent and affordable?Another important issue that is affecting myparents and eventually my adult life is that of Health Care. I would poseseveral questions to the congressman. What are your plans to help make HealthCare and insurance affordable to the average American? How will Capitol Hillmake sure that our aging population and Veterans are not neglected and haveaccess to high quality treatments in reasonable amounts of time? Will insurancecompanies be allowed to penalize people with pre-existing conditions, such asdiabetes or cancer?Whatsteps are you taking right now to ensure a common sense approach to solving ourHealth Care crisis?I am seventeen years old, almost an adult.
In allhonesty, I am truly concerned for my future and above all the future of ourcountry. These issues, and so many more, need to be addressed head on withcourage, intelligence, and a genuine love for our way of life by not just ourstatesmen, but by the American people.