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May 19, 2014
Washington, Iowa

To the Editor:
This letter is in response to an article published in The Journal on April 8, 2014.
In regard to the “lawmaker” in southwest Iowa who has stopped participating in the legislative sessions, what’s the big idea? The article says he has served in the House and Senate for 22 years. I just have to wonder how much he has served.
He was elected by the citizens of his district to represent them, but now he says he is too busy to do the job he was elected to do. The article goes on to say that House Minority Leader Bill Dix “wasn’t sure how long Mr. Houser had been absent.” It seems to me that no one is checking on who is there and who isn’t.
These people in Des Moines were elected to represent the citizens of Iowa; and to quote Jarad Klein from his column of April 9, 2014, “One of our many jobs as state representatives is to ensure taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely.” Personally, I don’t believe Mr. Houser has this same line of thought. I wonder what he would say if he had a doctor’s appointment and the doctor didn’t show up because he was too busy painting his house, but send the money anyway.
It makes one wonder if Mr. Houser is still accepting his paycheck and per diem from the State of Iowa, or is he going to give that back?
It sickens me to know that there are people in the Legislature who have been given the trust of the people to do the job of looking out for their welfare, and just “stop showing up during a legislative session.”
Unfortunately, I don’t feel that this problem is limited to the Iowa Legislature, but that it is more widespread than it should be, including local, state, and federal. Maybe it’s time we got back to a government of, by, and for the people.

Garry Willcox