I am an involved citizen who is frustrated, and a bit scared, with what our country has become.
I need my elected representatives, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, Sen. Patty Murray and Sen. Maria Cantwell, both D-Wash., to be courageous and become problem-solvers in Washington, D.C.
After all, we citizens are not really in power. We believe that we have power when we elect other citizens to represent us. The current system is not working. It is time for them to gather up the courage to do the job of governing differently.
The fight over the fiscal cliff and the resulting "solution" has shown, once again, that nothing meaningful is getting done in Washington, D.C. Nor will it, until such time as we change the way business is done.
My representatives need to join others in Congress who are beginning to meet regularly in search of solutions. They need to join — not just as Republicans, Democrats or Independents — but as principled and patriotic problem-solvers.
Today , the group, No Labels, is calling for Washington to "stop fighting and start fixing" at the Meeting to Make America Work in New York City.
I am involved because, really, I don't want to know what more is there to lose.