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His grievance

September 1, 2011
Morning Journal News


Audrey Jensen wrote that she was upset because "professional protesters, mostly Trumbull and Mahoning County paid SEIU union members" recently appeared at the local office of Congressman Bill Johnson "to disrupt" the opening of his district office. Well, I am not a professional protester nor do I live in Trumbull or Mahoning County. I am a lawyer who lives right here in Columbiana County and I was there along with many other Columbiana County residents to bring to Johnson's attention the need for him to fight for jobs.

Jensen totally misses the point of having a congressional office. It is to allow citizens to voice their concerns to their elected officials. And what better time when the congressman is actually at his office. It is not merely a place for one to enjoy some tea and cookies.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees everyone the right "to petition the government for a redress of grievances." Rather than being critical of what other fellow countians and I did outside Johnson's office, Jensen should applaud our actions for we were engaged in our cherished democratic system of government.

John T. DeFazio




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