Day 189: Peter Buckley

12 Oct

A few days ago I received an email from our representative in the Oregon House of Representatives, Peter Buckley. It was a very well written message about what Peter thinks has brought our nation to it’s current economic crisis and what we can all do to make a difference.

One of the things that he mentioned in his message is that his salary is $22,000. When I read that I thought, “Why would anyone do that kind of high pressure job for so little?” It’s just a little over $400 per week to represent the citizens of Ashland. And, not only does Peter represent us, he recently accepted an appointment to lead the budget work in the Joint Committee on Ways & Means (responsible for a budget of $55 million!)

While I really don’t know Peter personally, what I like about him is that he is down to earth and approachable and willing to work for the best interests of our town. I like that you may see Peter at the market shopping for groceries or perhaps out walking his dog. Peter has to handle day to day problems as we all do. He lives among us and is aware of the various issues that we face in southern Oregon.

Late this afternoon, I brought an Apple Almond Pie to Peter and his family. It is my way of thanking him for all of the hard work that he does on our behalf.

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