To the editor:
Here is something I never thought I would have to say: I am blocked on Facebook by my state representative and my former state representative. I have been for years.
Why? Well, I have wondered that too. I’m a social worker and an average Midlander. My occasional comments have requested clarification on different pieces of legislation or programs they I have been involved with. I have been completely respectful. Always.
Still I’ve been blocked from commenting and reacting to State Representative Gary Glenn’s public page, State Representative Annette Glenn’s public page, and the public page “Annette Glenn for Representative.” I have not only been blocked from their campaign pages, but their official public pages they use to communicate with their constituents.
I am not alone in this. I personally know more than 60 people who have been blocked from their pages. How is this OK? Blocking constituents has been ruled to be illegal. How are the Glenns representing our community? Annette has also not held any public office hours since last winter. Since she isn’t meeting with people in the community and we cannot communicate with her over social media, I tried one last way.
I called Ms. Glenn’s public office to request assistance regarding my unemployment months ago. I was told I could expect a call back from the office within a couple of days. Many weeks later, I finally received a call back from a staffer who told me they couldn’t help and did not have any information for me. A call five weeks later cannot be considered responding in a timely manner.
So, how exactly am I supposed to communicate with the person who is supposed to represent me? Communicating with constituents is the bare minimum Annette is supposed to do, and she isn’t even doing that. I do not feel represented in Lansing by Annette Glenn.
It is time for a change in our district. That is why I am voting for someone who listens, communicates, and is trustworthy. I am voting for Sarah Schulz to represent us, the 98th district, in Lansing.