Tuesday, April 18, 2017


18 April 2017

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher,
101 Main Street #380
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Dear Congressman,

Re: My letters, your “responses.”

I don’t suppose you’ll have been spending much time over the spring congressional break wondering why you have heard nothing from me—but let me tell you anyway: chalk it up to family values. My daughter and our five-year-old grandson spent the long weekend with us at our Laguna Beach cottage. As a father yourself, you can imagine that it was a busy, sometimes noisy time.

Not incidentally, though, I do wonder what happens to my letters. Do any of them ever reach your eyes? I’m guessing that they get no further than a staffer, who at best glances through the content, highlights its subject matter, and passes on a report on “mail received” to you. At best. I received no answer to my (perhaps impertinent!) suggestion for a personal, one-on-one meeting, failing a Town Hall meeting open to all of your constituents. (By the way, I note that your Republican colleagues have been having a good deal of trouble with theirs—and, to my mind, deservedly so: you surely won’t argue with my contention that your party has been doing a terrible job of governing.) 

Regarding responses, though: I have received three thus far from your office, each one of them a boilerplate. Truthfully, I have expected nothing more. I write these letters more for public posting than with the expectation that you will read them, respond, or—least of all!—change your mind. They appear not only on Facebook, now, but also on my new blog, The Rohrabacher Letters, where I’m working to build a readership.

That’s all for today. Thanks for reading—if you do. It would be good to hear from you.


Peter Clothier, Ph.D.

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