Jan 11 2006
Selma Times Journal
By Tammy Leytham
Questions about the new Medicare Prescription Plan and how to get rid of lobbyists highlighted a town hall meeting Wednesday with U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama.
The key to the Medicare plan is "to save senior citizens money, but they have to be able to understand it,"
Shelby, who has spent 28 years as an elected representative, said he's held 1,300 town hall meetings in
"I know the whole Black Belt is challenged - socially and economically," he said. "I try to address those concerns as much as I can."
He encouraged the packed room to push the issue through. "We've got a good start - a heck of a good start," he said.
The nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court was another issue addressed by
On the issue of
"We should always support our troops," he said. "We have made some mistakes ... but the worse thing we can do is cut and run ... we would be making a horrible mistake."
He added that the successes in
Bob Edwards asked the senator "how can we get rid of the lobbyists in Montgomery and Washington?"
"I don't know if you can get rid of the lobbyists, but we can regulate what lobbyists do," he said.
"There are good lobbyists, then there are crooked ones. You'll always have cycles of that," he said. "You need to root them out if they break the law."
The senator also discussed the need for immigration reform, displaying a graphic that shows there are an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the
"Most of them come for a better life," he said. "But, our immigration system is broken."