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Weekly forum planned to discuss ideas, issues

December 06, 2008|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Weekly town-hall style meetings hosted by Del. Daryl E. Cowles will begin Wednesday at 8 a.m. at the Fairfax Coffee Shop.

Cowles, R-Morgan/Berkeley, who was re-elected for a second term to the 51st District, said in a press release that the meetings are planned to be an open forum for any constituent to discuss ideas and issues with him.

All topics are welcome, including specific problems and needs or general discussions on taxes, zoning, planning, health care and transportation, he said.

The meetings will last about an hour, depending upon responses, Cowles said.

"With the West Virginia Legislature being a part-time position, citizens may feel reluctant to ask for time to discuss issues and ideas with me." he said. "So I feel it is important to create a forum to promote open communication and the free exchange of ideas with the citizens I serve."

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Each Wednesday for the next eight weeks, the forum will have a short program, or a guest will speak before open discussions begin.

Cowles said Wednesday's beginning program will be an update of expectations for the upcoming regular legislative session.

After the regular session ends in the spring, the weekly meetings will resume.

"In talking with folks during the (re-election) campaign, I found that people have a lot of ideas and need a place to talk about them," he said. "This is an opportunity for an exchange of ideas and communication."

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