Commentary: Matsui should conduct a town hall

Back home for the August recess, members of Congress in our region are meeting with constituents. They're conducting telephone and face-to-face town hall meetings to present updates and hear concerns on health care legislation.

With one major exception.

Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, has planned no face-to-face town hall meetings to date.

She will hold one telephone town hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, calling all registered voters with phone numbers on record — others can sign up for the call. She has said telephone forums allow her to reach more people. That's true.

But it's no substitute for a member of Congress having face-to-face contact with constituents. Matsui seems to think that her recent "health care tour" — meetings with patients, doctors, nurses and medical staff at local clinics, hospitals and labs — is enough face-to-face engagement.

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