I'm a senior at Adolfo Camarillo High School, and I _have been very interested in politics recently. For the end of my senior year, my AP Government teacher asked our class to bring public servant guest speakers. I have been especially interested in the U.S. District Congressional race.
I contacted the incumbent, Elton Gallegly, and his Republican challenger, Michael Tenenbaum. I received an e-mail a week after I contacted Mr. Gallegly through his Web site requesting a short speech in class. The e-mail told me to call their office for â€œfurther information.â€? I did so, and after four tries at his office, I finally got through. I was told that, in order for Mr. Gallegly to even consider speaking to our class, I must send a written letter to his office. I did so, and after two week,s I have yet to receive a response.
On the contrary, Jim, a volunteer at the Tenenbaum campaign, called me within 24 hours of receiving my e-mail. Two days later, Mr. Tenenbaum spoke to our class.
I find it frustrating that representatives such as Mr. Gallegly can totally ignore his constituents and still be re-elected year after year. In my opinion, our political system is in need of total change.
- Peter Jin, Camarillo