U. S. 6th District Rep. Gary Palmer, his staff, and about 100 Oneonta citizens christened the Wallace State Oneonta Community College lobby as a venue for civic events Monday morning. The event, styled a ‘meet and greet’, was intended mainly to give constituents a chance to ask questions, offer their opinions on matters of the day, or just chat informally with the congressman, said William Smith, Palmer’s chief of staff. Palmer did not deliver a prepared talk, but listened and answered questions from those present.
To The Blount Countian’s question about current legislative priorities, he listed four: (1) co-sponsoring a Republican healthcare bill called the Fair Care Act, which he said incorporates pre-existing conditions into its proposed coverage protocol, (2) his successful and continuing efforts toward regulatory reform, (3) expanding broadband service especially to rural areas as part of his role on the transportation and infrastructure subcommittee, (4) working to get the Birmingham northern beltway highway construction project re-activated.
Following the hour-long meeting, Palmer and his retainers adjourned to Oneonta City Hall, where he presented American flags that had flown over the Capitol to police officers Cory Glasscock and Matthew Sudduth. Both were honored in May at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., as Officers of the Month for September 2018 for rescuing two elderly women from an apartment building fire in July of that year.
– Ron Gholson