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Why did Garamendi travel to Africa?

By From page A10 | March 02, 2014

Surprise? The Daily Republic recently gave front page coverage to the private sponsorship travels of our U.S. congressional representative, John Garamendi, 3rd Congressional District. In brief, Garamendi boarded a plane to Africa (Sudan, a vast country with a legacy of violent, civil war for more than 20 years). Other global destinations were Ethiopia and Turkey.

How could the political establishment rationalize that these trips were relevant to his constituency? It is obvious that Rep. Garamendi, with bragging rights of more than 40 years of political experience, would not need to further his political education, nor require observing democracy in action.

You think?

Sudan, an enormous country, used rape as a weapon of war. Turkey and Ethiopia: tyrannical regimes. The town forum, a distracting political invention, has limitations. The exception of genuine representation is when your representative will hit the road and come into our local trenches.

Frances Von Koenig


Letter to the Editor


Discussion | 12 comments

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  • SanmansrFebruary 27, 2014 - 3:37 pm

    I'm with you, Frances. I only hope he is looking for a retirement home, Barbra Boxer, Lady Di Feinstein, and Nancy Pelosi, will all rent rooms from him. March 1st is soon enough for me!

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  • DanielMarch 02, 2014 - 6:52 am

    We need to fumigate and eradicate all these people whom are destroying our medical insurance and economy .

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  • Mike KirchubelMarch 02, 2014 - 10:36 am

    Garamendi is a United States Representative and votes on national issues, not just on Solano County issues.

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  • Rich GiddensMarch 02, 2014 - 12:52 pm

    When I lived in Turkey, we used to see Congressmen and Senators junketing all the time. Daniel Patrick Moynahan and Mendel Rivers come to mind during that time.

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  • Danny BuntinMarch 02, 2014 - 5:53 pm

    Slow down Mike, you are thinking way deeply for these people to understand.

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  • Danny BuntinMarch 02, 2014 - 5:54 pm

    They only understand FoxNews nuance "Some people say...."

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  • Mr. SmithMarch 02, 2014 - 7:31 pm

    Yes. "These people" are in total awe of the intellectual power being displayed on this board by the likes of Kirchubel, RLW, CD and Buntin. "We are not worthy. We are not worthy." Buwahahahahahaha!!

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  • CD BrooksMarch 03, 2014 - 5:55 am

    Mr. Smith, maybe you shouldn't speak to "intellectual power." What do you bring besides attacks allegedly brought on by something you find funny? We don't run and hide when it gets uncomfortable because somebody exposed an irrefutable wrong. And c’mon let’s face it, the GOP with their hap-hazard Conservatives and whack job collection of nuts AKA the Tea Party, is an easy target!

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  • Mr. SmithMarch 03, 2014 - 6:12 am

    CD: I've already acknowledged that I'm not among the worthy. What more can I do? Start posting Youtube links?

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  • CD BrooksMarch 03, 2014 - 6:16 am

    HA! HA! Mr. Smith! You are going to get this page filled aren't you?!

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  • Mr. SmithMarch 03, 2014 - 6:23 am

    The wrath should be visited upon us momentarily.

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  • rlw895March 02, 2014 - 9:42 pm

    Does this letter have a point?

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