Letter to the editor:

Our representatives need to act in a more open and responsible way when considering legislation like budgets, health care, tax reform, or overhauling public education. Citizens shouldn’t have to protest or hold rallies to receive respectful representation.

If a law is being replaced, they should stabilize the current one to allow time for careful consideration of its replacement. Stabilizing an existing law secures all who are dependent on it. Representatives who don’t do that are letting us know that protecting us isn’t their first priority. The next step is crucial: Hold public hearings. Talk to the people who helped shape the original law — their unique insights could speed the process. Then, bring in new voices for a fresh look.

After the final bill is written, representatives need to come home, explain their position and listen to constituents’ concerns before responding. Good representatives aren’t condescending or unavailable. If a representative…