Bartlett to attend forum in Hagerstown

April 02, 1997


Staff Writer

The decision-makers on Capitol Hill have a skewed view of what Americans care about because they hear only from a select few, said the Rev. Philip Hundley of Hagerstown.

Consequently, funding from the federal government is not getting out into the community in the right form, said Hundley, who in February took his concerns to U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md.

Hoping to give the "poor community" a chance to be heard, Hundley said he asked Bartlett about coming to a public forum in Hagerstown where poorer people and minorities would be encouraged to voice their concerns.


"They're never really heard," said Hundley, pastor of An House of Prayer for All People ministries in Hagerstown and president of the Washington County Ministerial Association.

Bartlett promised to attend the forum, which will run from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Bethel Gardens Community Center, in the 300 block of Henry Avenue, Hundley said.

Now Hundley says he is trying to get the area's poorer people to take advantage of the venue.

"This is a time for this community to reach a top official in the federal government to voice concerns about what has transpired in this community," he said. "This will give most of them a first-time opportunity to even see him in person."

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