Hear me out

Apr. 08, 2013 @ 06:30 AM

Martha Brown and Kay Anderson of High Point express a passion about different subjects, but they both represent a well-worn political tradition when they spoke recently in their hometown.
In the spirt of the town hall that dates from the outset of American democracy, Brown and Anderson eloquently expressed their points of view during a meeting with four of the state legislators who serve them at the N.C. General Assembly in Raleigh. They were among about two dozen speakers who made brief addresses during the Take It To Raleigh meeting at High Point City Hall Thursday night.
Brown focused her several minutes of remarks on concerns about the Republican-controlled General Assembly’s effort to change voting practices in the state. Brown said that she believes a move to require voters to show photo IDs or a bill that would limit early voting for upcoming elections would deter turnout.
“These issues did not occur until a person of color became president of the United States,” Brown told the two senators and two representatives at Take It To Raleigh.
Anderson asked the legislators to remember the important role of public libraries as they craft the state budget through the first part of this year.
“I ask you to think of the public library as a necessity,” she said.
For example, the banks of public computers at the High Point Public Library allow people without personal computers or Internet access to apply for jobs, which are dramatically shifting to exclusively online sites for applications. The High Point Public Library has helped 800 people with job-search assistance through the public computers, Anderson said.
Other speakers at the town hall addressed issues such as health care for the mentally ill, topics concerning senior citizens and children, the implications of tax reform and the need for transit funding. The Take It To Raleigh meetings are held periodically each year so that area legislators can hear from their constituents.
“We’re here to hear what you have to say,” said Rep. John Faircloth, R-Guilford, who serves as chairman of the Guilford County legislative delegation.

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Four legislators — two Democrats and two Republicans — attended the Take It To Raleigh town hall Thursday night in High Point. Here’s how to reach them:
Rep. John Faircloth, R-Guilford and chairman of the Guilford County legislative delegation, (919) 733-5877, John.Faircloth@ncleg.net
Rep. Marcus Brandon, D-Guilford and vice chairman of the county delegation, (919) 733-5825, Marcus.Brandon@ncleg.net
Sen. Trudy Wade, R-Guilford, (919) 733-5856, Trudy.Wade@ncleg.net
Sen. Gladys Robinson, D-Guilford, (919) 715-3042, Gladys.Robinson@ncleg.net