Written by Don Ratzlaff Wednesday, 05 March 2008 13:29
Congressman Jerry Moran stopped at the Peabody Senior Center Monday afternoon for his annual “Big First” tour stop in Marion County. About 17 people gathered to listen to Moran’s summary of political developments in Washington, D.C., and to ask questions. Moran listed a national energy policy, health-care reforms and a review of “No Child Left Behind” as key issues needing to be addressed. He said the country needs an energy plan that will reduce its dependence on foreign oil and changes in health care to make delivery affordable to more people. He also said No Child Left Behind is unattainable and needs to be revised, if not scrapped. Moran said he voted against President’s Bush’s economic stimulus package. “I don’t think $600 will change the economy,” he said of the checks heading to taxpayers. “And, we have to borrow the money to do it.” During the question-and-answer time, listeners asked about a variety of issues, including a proposal to bring passenger-train service to Peabody and other Kansas communities, the Air Force’s decision to buy planes from France instead of Boeing, a federal bailout of home-mortage lenders and the debate in Kansas about constructing coal-fired energy plants near Holcomb.