Webster’s Dictionary defines brazen as being “marked by shameless or disrespectful boldness.”

Many thoughts came to my mind as I read the article about Kyle Good leading a group of “left-leaning” activists to criticize Rep. Jim Hagedorn for his supposed lack of town halls.

I could focus on the fact that “far left” is a more apt description of Indivisible than “left-leaning.”

I could focus on the fact that less than three weeks into a year long pledge to hold 21 town halls this group seems to be having a collective meltdown that Rep. Hagedorn hasn’t met face-to-face with them yet.

I could focus on the fact that if a representative spent night and day, every day, for the next year meeting with his/her approx. 675,000 constituents, each constituent would get a total of 47 seconds.

But I think I’ll focus on the fact that Mr. Good was actually at the town hall Rep. Hagedorn had in Truman. And, while there, he was personally able to question the congressman, face-to-face, even though he’s not a Martin County resident.

And he complains about Rep. Hagedorn’s lack of access? I believe that's called "brazen."

Perhaps if he and those like him were actually interested in productive dialogue rather than shameless grandstanding, they might find themselves taken more seriously.

Paul C. Lenz Sr.

St. James

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