Thursday, February 05, 2009

Low Income Workers and the Oregon Channel

I wrote the following email to my state representative this morning. We must not forget about people who can afford a tv, but can't afford a computer. There are a lot of such folks missing out on what's going on. Am I the only one who cares about this??

Dear Rep. Kotek,

In the interest of allowing access to the Legislative Session by ALL Oregonians, I want to suggest that the Oregon Channel replay each day's recorded hearings after 5:00 PM each evening.

There is no logical reason why people who don't own computers (low income Oregonians) and work during the day should have to miss what's going on in State Government.

As it is right now, the Oregon Channel shows mainly a bulletin board which directs people to where they can access more local councils and city govenment, which seems to be complete overkill. The citizens of Oregon deserve to have a first hand look at what's going on in Salem during their state's legislative session.

Please let me know your thoughts and/or actions regarding this issue. Thanks.

David McDonald
North Portland

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