Health Care Debate Takes to the Streets of Downtown GJ

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

The health care debate continues to heat up in the Grand Valley. Monday, people on both sides of the issue held rallies in front of the offices of two U.S. lawmakers.

The Western Slope Conservative Alliance came out in force to demand that Senator Michael Bennet and Congressman John Salazar hold town hall meetings in Grand Junction. The group says the two have avoided Mesa County during the August recess and that local citizens against the President's health care plan deserve a chance to be heard.

Another local group called Cow Bellers Against Town Hall Yellers also showed up along 5th Street, in front of both Bennet's and Salazar's Grand Junction offices. The supporters of the President's plan say they would also invite the leaders to host town hall meetings in the Valley -- but believe the way conservative groups have responded to those meetings does not make for a constructive dialogue.

"We're trying to demonstrate to all the voters of Western Colorado that these gentlemen are avoiding us," said Dennis White, a spokesperson for the WSCA. "I want them to remember that on November 10, 2010."

"By being here and making noise today we're demonstrating what the other side sounds like when they yell and shout and scream in town halls," said Kate Hawthorne, a founder of Cow Bellers Against Town Hall Yellers.

Senator Bennet has made at least three trips to Western Slope communities during the August recess, but has not held a town hall meeting during those visits. He has scheduled multiple town hall meetings for communities in southeast Colorado.

Congressman Salazar has told 11 News he will host a teleconference town hall. Details for that event have not yet been released.

SENATOR BENNET HAS MADE AT LEAST THREE TRIPS TO THE WESTERN SLOPE DURING THE AUGUST RECESS...
AND HAS SCHEDULED TOWN HALL MEETINGS IN SOUTHEAST COLORADO...
CONGRESSMAN SALAZAR HAS TOLD 11 NEWS HE PLANS TO HOLD A TELECONFERENCE TOWN HALL...
THOUGH DETAILS FOR THAT EVENT HAVE NOT BEEN RELEASED...


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