[r85] Pond Report: Waiting to Hear From You (8/24/2010)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Start Date: 8/24/2010 All Day
End Date: 8/24/2010

Many of you have contacted my office before on a variety of issues. You may have a question about anything from your unemployment benefits, to where you can buy alcohol on a Sunday (only Indiana wineries and microbreweries), to knowing where to begin when starting a small business.

As your state representative, it is my privilege to serve as a liaison in situations like these. Navigating governmental red tape can be confusing, and I'd like to help alleviate that.

In these cases, you may be contacting my office because you need help from me. But today, the tables are turned: I need to contact you because I need your help.

Your feedback is vital to me when I go down to the Statehouse in Indianapolis to vote on various issues. It helps me know where your priorities are, and  in turn helps to guide my voting to best represent you. If I am to accurately represent you in crafting laws for Indiana, I must have an accurate picture of what your  needs and wants are.

There is a new way to let me know your thoughts on some of the biggest issues facing Indiana today. On my website is an online survey. To find it, visit www.in.gov/h85 and click on the link in the top right corner that says "Summer 2010 Survey."

The survey will ask for some preliminary information to verify that you live in Indiana's House District 85. You will then have the opportunity to answer seven short questions on hot issues like the health care bill, immigration, universal carding and texting while driving. This information is then sent directly to my office via the internet, saving the need for costly postage.

Now, if you don't have a computer, don't worry; you can still call my office directly at 317-232-9753 or toll-free at 1-800-382-9841 to let me know your thoughts.

This online survey is just one more quick, inexpensive opportunity for me to gauge where you stand, using the technology that is available to us.

So as the summer wraps up, the kids go back to school and the house gets nice and quiet again, when you have a moment, please be sure to visit www.in.gov/h85 to let me know your thoughts.

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State Rep. Phyllis Pond (R-New Haven) represents portions of Allen and DeKalb counties.