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Hershberger assists with government problems

Jul 12, 2018
Photo by: John Butters Jared Hershberger, District Representative for Dave Loebsack, conducts office hours at each county seat for the purpose of meeting with constituents. He was in Washington on Wednesday.

By John Butters, The JOURNAL


For those having a problem with a federal agency, there is a number you can call and someone you can meet with.

That helpful person is Jared Hershberger, District Representative for Congressman Dave Loebsack.

Hershberger was at the Washington Chamber of Commerce Wednesday for one of his regularly scheduled listening posts. The purpose of his visits, he said, is to assist county residents who are trying to deal with government difficulties.

“Our office can work with all kinds of things. Many of the complaints we get come from veterans trying to obtain benefits. They might be having a problem with the Veterans Administration. We also help a lot of people with Social Security issues,” he said.

Hershberger said few issues can be resolved immediately, but that the congressman’s office goes to work on the problem and stays with it until they find a workable solution.

“Some of the issues take time to resolve, but we have contacts within the agencies that we can call. We try to contact the right people to obtain the best results for our constituents,” he said.

Hershberger conducts monthly open offices in each county seat within Loebsack’s Second Congressional District. He says he visits the smaller communities on a rotating basis.

The meetings are scheduled in buildings that have public access such as city halls and Chamber of Commerce offices.

While he generally meets with private citizens, he also assists city and county officials who are having difficulty with state and federal agencies.

“For instance, we can support an official by providing the right person to contact at the Environmental Protection Agency,” he said.

His office can also assist city and county governments seeking federal and state funding for civic projects, he said.

A graduate of Indiana University, Hershberger began his career as a member of Evan Bayh’s presidential election team in 2006. Bayh lost the nomination to Barack Obama, but found a place for Hershberger on Dave Loebsack’s first campaign for his congressional seat.

Touring Iowa, Hershberger found many similarities between the Indiana farming community he grew up in and the rural character of the Second District. After Loebsack’s successful election, he joined the Congressman’s staff. It’s a job he enjoys.

“What I do, what we do, is make government work for people,” he said.

Though he regrets the current toxic environment that has been created in Washington, he said it hasn’t changed his view of government.

“In general, most of the legislators seek office for the right reasons. They often work for the same things as their opponents, they just have a different approach to the problems and solutions,” he said.

He said legislators like his boss could provide a needed remedy to the political animosity.

“We understand that people are very passionate right now about government and the issues. Dave tries to have a conversation with people from across the political spectrum. They may not agree with him, but they usually see that he is trying to do the best that he can for the people in his district,” Hershberger said.

Hershberger can be reached at 1-866-914-iowa or on the Web at jared.hershberger@mail.house.gov.




Comments (2)
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Jul 17, 2018 19:04
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Jul 17, 2018 15:25

Counterpoint on minimum wage

By Jack Eddy, Fairfield | Jul 12, 2018

To the editor:

After reading the recent comments by David Sands from the July 5 edition of The Ledger, I feel a response is in order.

The minimum wage that has been established is meant to be a beginning point for those workers newly entering the workforce.

Two people, living independently, both earning only a minimum wage, with a car payment or trying to buy a home raises some very important questions. First of all, why are both parties at minimum wage? Second, just how ambitious are they?

The latest jobs report I recall showed there are over 7 million jobs available in the U.S. Surely, there must be two jobs with a “living wage” and probably offer health benefits as well. Nothing I’m aware of says one has to stay in Jefferson County all their life.

It appears Mr. Sands had more of a political motivation for his comments than a real social shortcoming. His statements appear to be those of a staunch liberal looking for a “help me, help me those awful Republicans are holding me down.” If you believe one race, white Christians, one religion or one political party is responsible for your predicament you need more education. If you believe you are being held down by anyone you need more ambition.

How long do you think someone earning a $15 minimum wage would be satisfied if someone in another city earned $20 doing the same work? Something tells me that you, sir, would be one of, if not the first to complain that you were being treated unfairly.

I do agree we need a much higher level of mental health resources. However, I’m not of the belief that “reproductive” care should be provided by the government. Health care of that nature doesn’t mean that a family making a comfortable living should be responsible for helping someone abort a child they realize they don’t want or can’t afford.

If you believe either political party is in place to provide you an easy ride to wealth or prosperity you need additional education in that area, too. The government was not meant to take care of us from cradle to grave.

Contrary to popular belief, there is a middle class. I lived a life of being poor until adulthood. I really didn’t know at that time that I was poor. However, with a good education and a lot of ambition I consider myself in the middle class. I didn’t ask for government assistance; I listened to my parents, who said if I was ambitious, willing to work and got a good education, I would do just fine. They were right. That’s more than any government can ever do.


— Jack Eddy, Fairfield

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