August 20, 2013

Rokita makes stop in Logan

U.S. representative addressed concerns on one-on-one basis.

By Amie Sites Pharos-Tribune

---- — More than 30 people gathered Monday afternoon at Logansport’s Heritage Park for a Congress on Your Corner event with U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita.

Rokita gave a brief statement that he wanted the event to be a time for people to voice concerns and ask questions, instead of listening to him speak.

”It’s a time for me to hear you,” said Rokita, who represents Indiana’s 4th Congressional District. “I want to talk one-on-one.”

Rich Wild, a personal friend of Rokita, attended the event. Wild’s son was one of Rokita’s fraternity brothers in college. He said he wanted to hear what Cass County and Logansport residents had to say and how Rokita would respond.

“I suspect in an hour he’ll get an earful,” Wild said before Rokita spoke. “It’s important he is here because he has contact with what is going on. You can sit at home and can complain, but unless you’re willing to talk, not just vent, it won’t matter.”

Wild said they appreciate him putting this on his busy schedule.

After the event, Rokita said some themes he saw were immigration, the nation’s debt, and the Affordable Care Act.

Some of those who attended said they wished they could hear what was being said when Rokita was going around individually.

”I don’t have questions, I just want to know what’s going on,” Sharon Overway said.

Dick Brugh said he asked Rokita questions about the Affordable Care Act. He said it’s important Rokita gets close to people because he’ll have a better feel for their concerns by talking instead of opening their mail.

Mark Brown also attended the event to hear what Rokita had to say. One of the things he was concerned about was immigration.

”There are a lot of problems that need to be addressed,” Brown said. “I think everyone needs to be involved somewhat and get informed.”

Rokita said he was happy with the turnout.

”It’s valuable to me because this is where I get my marching orders,” Rokita said.

More Congress on the Corner events are planned in the future.

Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or