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When is your town hall meeting, Rep. Alan Mollohan (DEMOCRAT-WV1)?

August 9, 2009

We just want our voices heard . . . 


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  1. August 9, 2009 6:09 pm

    That’s me holding the “When is your Town Hall Meeting?” sign at Patriot Federal #2 mine outside Morgantown, West Virginia on August 4, 2009. U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis was joined by Congressman Alan Mollohan, Governor Joe Manchin, and United Mine Workers of America president Cecil Roberts.

    Congressman Mollohan rarely visits the district so we took the opportunity to silently and peacefully express our desire for a Town Hall meeting.

    Our July 17th Healthcare Freedom Protest at Mollohan’s Morgantown office was a debacle. We were not allowed to enter the Federal Building to individually hand deliver our letters to our congressman.

  2. Lisa A. Jones permalink
    August 9, 2009 6:26 pm

    Mobsters? You three ladies look like you couldn’t whip cream. Mollohan and Manchin are the mobsters. I bet they were wearing Brook Brothers suits.

    You ladies can’t be mobsters, you are not dressed well enough. Where is your swastika? What, no fist fights? Don’t you know how to protest? Perhaps you should take lessons from Pelosi and Boxer.

  3. August 9, 2009 7:54 pm

    Our constitutional rights were violated when they would not let us enter the Morgantown Federal Building to hand deliver our letters to Mollohan in protest to the Government take over of healthcare.

    Our letters requested Mollohan to read the bill and allow it to set for at least 72 hours before voting for it. If he supports the “public option” our letters ask him to sign up for the “public option” healthcare plan if he votes for it.

  4. Dwight Coleman permalink
    August 9, 2009 9:25 pm

    Its plain to see that you ladies are a paid groop of community organizers. I bet George Bush and Dick Cheney paid you personally.
    More than George Soros (sp) pays move on .org.
    Don’t you know that socialism is for the sake of the widdows and orphans. I also bet that you don’t pay your fair share of taxes.
    That is not grass in the picture behind you, its astroturf!

  5. Anonymous permalink
    August 9, 2009 9:55 pm

    I was part of “the mob” and was way too busy hanging onto my umbrella while balancing a very understated, rational sign to do anything even remotely threatening. Even the three people present who represented the opposing viewpoint were well-behaved and treated with respect.
    While I really disapprove of folks who screech and yell, wave fists and, with veins popping, interrupt speakers, I can understand why that happens. Our representatives aren’t listening to us, don’t want to listen to us, and dismiss us as stupid trouble-makers. Democracy at work?
    My husband and I have both tried repeatedly to contact Congressman Mollohan via email, snailmail, telephone and then, an attempt to hand-deliver a letter. How very frustrating to never receive a response to any questions, over a 6 year or so period! Democracy at work?
    Congressman Mollohan has denied a portion of his constituency an opportunity to express their opinions and to receive answers to questions. So much for the Constitutionally-guaranteed equal rights for all. Democracy at work?
    Congressman Mollohan has instead treated those of us who might oppose his positions with disrespect, deceit and discredit. Democracy at work?
    I am frustrated, sad and frightened. Thank you, Congressman Mollohan for redefining my role in the democratic process. Sadly, democracy is broken.

    With great regrets,
    M. Atkins

  6. Lisa A. Jones permalink
    August 10, 2009 1:11 am

    It is sad that democracy is broken and journalism is dead. Mollohan should not be on the taxpayers payroll!

  7. Rodney Hytonen permalink
    August 10, 2009 1:39 pm

    The lady with the “Don’t Ration My Health Care” sign needs to take or send it to her Private Insurance Company.

    That’s what they do – it’s ALL they do, being in business for profit.

    That claim about a government plan (including Medicare) has been debunked in public a thousand times – most definitively by reading the ACTUAL (proposed) bills, rather than a biased list of LIES pretending to interpret the bills themselves.

    And logically – No politican, official, legislative body, or party would EVER be so stupid as to alter in any negative way the welfare of the elderly – it would be suicide, and they and their advisors know it.

    No matter what else you think of them, politicians are not that stupid!

    There is no proposal in ANY of the FIVE proposed bills (none of which even exists yet!) that could be interpreted that way without out-and-out lying, which we know is the soile content of radical right-wingnut talk shows.

    • Lisa A. Jones permalink
      August 13, 2009 9:01 pm


      You must be a radical left wing-nut! Sorry, no dice on the debunking theory. It may not state the words “ration healthcare” verbatim in the bill, but if you do the math…..ObamaCare + 47 million additionally insured + constant number of doctors = RATIONED HEALTH CARE. So simple even a caveman can do it!!!!!!

  8. Carla Alley permalink
    August 10, 2009 1:47 pm

    I have been awaiting a notice that Rep. Mollahan would hold a town meeting. I was one of the people refused admission to the federal building, later my letter was sent up with another person. I have had no reply. No answers to me repeated calls to Washington office. Do we have a represenative? Carla Alley
    I would so love to talk to him about this health care bill. I have been in nursing for 37 years. This proposal worries me very much. I am totally against it.

  9. August 11, 2009 4:29 pm

    I ran across your site while trying to find out if Rep. Mollohan was holding any Town Hall meetings. I finally was able to get through to his DC office and was told of the only one had has scheduled. It is on Friday Aug. 14 @ 6:00 pm. I have the full details on my site. The Conservative America

  10. Hope Hill permalink
    August 11, 2009 10:31 pm

    I am sure it is no accident that Mollihan’s town meeting is on a Friday, at dinner time, in a part of his district that is about as far away as you could get from the majority of his constituents in North Central West Virginia.

  11. August 11, 2009 11:12 pm

    Letter I e-mailed to DC, snail-mailed to old federal building office, and hand delivered to Mollohan’s new Morgantown office where I experienced another shocking moment:

    Morgantown, WV 26505
    August 4, 2009

    The Honorable Alan B. Mollohan
    PO Box 720
    Rm 232, 75 High Street
    Morgantown, WV 26505

    Dear Rep. Mollohan,

    U.S. Senators and Representatives across the nation are holding and attending Town Hall meetings during the August recess. Folks are very interested in learning more about the health care reform changes that you will be voting on when you return to Washington, D.C. following this recess.

    We note that you have not yet scheduled any Town Hall meetings in the 1st congressional district. Please notify me when you arrange your Town Hall meeting.

    I am willing to meet soon with your scheduler to work out a convenient time to hold a Town Hall meeting that you can attend. Monongalia County residents would very much appreciate your input. I wish to extend my hand to work out an event where residents can learn more about this issue, your stance, and express their concerns in an open forum.

    Thank you in advance for your consideration.


    Cindy Frich
    (304) XXX-XXXX

  12. John Drennen permalink
    August 13, 2009 10:41 am

    I did not know your group existed until I received an email … I earlier sent the following letter:

    13 August 2009

    The Honorable Jay Rockefeller,
    United States Senate
    West Virginia Office
    118 Adams Street
    Suite 301
    Fairmont, WV, 26554-2841


    The Honorable Robert C. Byrd,
    United States Senate
    West Virginia Office
    300 Virginia Street, East
    Suite 2630
    Charleston, WV 25301

    My dear Senator’s:

    Please accept this communiqué as a serious and heartfelt message ….

    May I begin by telling you that I am a volunteer Vietnam Era veteran. I chose to serve because I love this country and respect what many before and after my service have died to protect. I know this is true of you and your service; ergo, I plea this shall not fall on deaf ears.

    Two of the greatest mentors in my life were a black drill sergeant who had served two tours in Vietnam and ultimately taught me great respect. His training encompassed respect for human life (all human life) and stated that we serve in the military to provide protection of those cherished and enumerated rights derived from our founding documents. He taught me great respect for all races, ways of life and rights of the individuals that live within the laws of government. Another great mentor was a master sergeant of Japanese decent who served this nation during World War II while his parents were secured in an encampment here in the states. For a Caucasian male raised in Southern California during prosperous times these were eye opening relationships. I pray daily … to magnify what these great men taught me and shall never forget the lessons.

    Recently I have felt great fear … fear as I have never known before. If we look to only a few recent examples we find some troubling situations. Please allow me to share some of my concerns:

    • Recently one of your colleagues reprimanded a General after he had respectfully called her Ma’am and demanded to be called Senator because she had worked hard. As you may be able to tell … I am no longer under military authority or you would not be hearing this from me. During my service we were taught that using the phrase Ma’am was the highest form of respect shown to the female gender. The General handled the situation well … but as for the “hard working” Senator … I was tremendously embarrassed for her. Many of us work hard, but I must admit, probably not as hard as that General, certainly not a Senator that has never seen combat. I felt great sadness over this incident and lost respect for her … especially as a Senator from The State of California.
    • More recently the Speaker of The House, in her official capacity, labeled protestors as Nazi’s. Although I have not protested actively I do agree with many of the recent concerns espoused by them about the health care issue, and therefore, count myself among that group. Having served this nation as a veteran I believe this was deeply disrespectful to all veterans and in fact citizens exercising their inalienable rights.
    • A few months back The Department of Homeland Security, accidentally (I believe), released a document profiling people with the same definitive characteristics that I possess as a possible threat to the nation. Can you imagine my surprise? This was a compound insult since my military service and training was provided (by the government), conducted and exercised to protect this nation!
    • I have been taught NOT TO profile … yet our current Chief Executive profiled an entire police department, “The Cambridge Police Department acted stupidly!” Our President has made a point of publicly apologizing world wide but no one in His Administration, Congress or the Judiciary has apologized to the Cambridge Police Department, the American Veteran (especially The General) or The American taxpayer and legal citizen. We are profiled daily by our own government … yet we as citizens are not to act in this way. I must ask … is this a parody of the parental wrong … do as I say not as I do? Where is the example setting by our elected officials? I speak not of media hype, liberals, conservatives or fringe factions. Please realize, these few examples, involve elected officials and I can site many more ….
    • As my frustration rises from the indignities noted above, concern over spending and the health care initiative I decided, after 55 years of silent complacency, to call my local congressman, Congressman Alan Molohan to discuss spending and primarily the pending health care legislation. As with many of his constituency I work full time and obviously do not have the time to read a good novel as long as the current bill pending before congress; ergo, I wanted more information regarding the impact upon the working, tax paying public. I have been to his web site and could not find any schedule for a town hall meeting. I next called his office in Clarksburg, West Virginia but have not received a return call. My initial thought was that the congressman was “ducking his constituency” due to recent media reports of problems with town hall meetings. I sincerely hope this is not the case!

    Senators, I feel unheard, unappreciated and in fact, taken advantage of …. Government spending resembles a runaway freight train! Congress and The President continue to add boxcars full of spending; and, as one of the many taxpayers, I wish to tell you, we can not build track fast enough to avoid derailment. At one time I was seriously worried about payback by future generations; however, it seems clear that immediate payback will become an issue. My wife and I currently pay more than 51% of our gross income in some sort of tax or fee. Senators … please … we can pay no more!

    I pray for an audience with you to address the issues set out above, as well as, other concerns … prior to your return to Washington. Please do not enhance my growing feelings of taxation without representation.


    John H. Drennen
    17 Carpenter Drive
    Fairmont, WV 26554

    Cc: The Honorable Alan B. Mollohan,
    United States House of Representatives
    West Virginia Office
    Room 209, Post Office Building
    PO Box 1400
    Clarksburg, WV 26302-1400

    Fox News/CNN

  13. August 15, 2009 12:17 am

  14. Lisa A. Jones permalink
    August 16, 2009 12:52 am

  15. Lisa A. Jones permalink
    August 16, 2009 2:53 pm

    Mollohan’s only Town Hall You go Cindy Frich!

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