Philadelphia Inquirer July 13, 2017
A New York Times article, "The Hobbies of Capitol Hill: Beekeeper, Baker, Photographer . . . Senator?" featured Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.). We learned that Toomey enjoys beekeeping in his free time. "When you're in my line of work, you're often dealing with abstractions," he said. "It's fun to have something tangible , where you can see results."
Since the election of President Trump, hundreds of Pennsylvanians have gathered outside Toomey's district offices around the state every Tuesday, in an event that has become known as "Tuesdays with Toomey." Health care has been the focus of many of our recent gatherings.
Each Tuesday, real people who will be impacted by the Republican health-care bill share their stories and urge the senator to vote no on any bill that does not insure more people, with better benefits, at a lower cost.
The health and livelihood of Pennsylvanians is anything but an abstraction. If Toomey's work in Washington ever feels like an abstraction, he should conduct a real town hall in Pennsylvania. Meeting the constituents impacted by his proposed health-care legislation will undoubtedly make his work on the bill seem more tangible.
Alissa Packer, Camp Hill, Pa.
Stung by Toomey's absence