Rep. Guthrie here today

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By Steve Doyle

 With the debates about health-care reform, the economy and environmental issues raging, citizens have been showing up across the country to voice their concerns to their leaders.

Today, that conversation arrives in Shelbyville, when U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Bowling Green) visits for meetings with several groups, including one public forum.

That session will start at approximately 3:30 p.m., and Guthrie will spend about an hour taking questions at the Shelby County Farm Bureau office at 1201 Mount Eden Road.

“It’s good for him to hear the people in Shelby County and everywhere expressing their concerns,” Shelby County Republican Party Chair Jennifer Decker said. “This is a great time in America. We’re seeing democracy at work.”

Guthrie, a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor, has been central to the ongoing debate about health-care reform.

He has voted against a reform proposal in committee, but he has said he isn’t dead set against some kind of measure.

 “I think we need to have reform. The status quo is not acceptable,” he told The News-Enterprise of Elizabethtown.

Guthrie will address the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Shelby County Extension office. That session is expected to draw about 120 chamber members, Executive Director Shelley Goodwin said.

Guthrie will follow with a session with CEO Michael Collins and the directors of Jewish Hospital Shelbyville and wind up his day with a private fund-raiser event.

The public forum, though, is open to anyone. “This is not a party thing at all,” said John Wills, secretary of Farm Bureau, who is organizing the  event. “We’ve invited Democrats who I hope will show up. This is all about keeping your legislator in contact with the constituents.”

Keeping in touch is a goal for Guthrie and one reason he is spending his congressional vacation touring the district. He also hired former county Republican chair Steven Miller to be his field representative in Shelby County, and  Miller is setting up a local office for the representative.

“Right now, I’m working out of my house,” he said.

Said Decker: “He [Guthrie] wants to understand the issues here, the concerns here and what people are thinking. I’m thrilled he’s coming. I hope we see him quite a bit. It benefits our citizens.”





11:30:            Address Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, Shelby County Extension Office (members only)

1:30: Meet with JHS officials

3:30-5 p.m.: Public forum for citizens at Shelby County Farm Bureau, 1201 Mount Eden Road

6 p.m.: Fund-raiser event



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If you have a question you’d like Rep. Guthrie to address but you can’t attend the forum, you can e-mail that question to sdoyle@SentinelNews-com.