We’re delighted that our new congressman, Rep. Tim Huelskamp, plans to open an office in Manhattan. Our fair city might be new to the 1st District, but ours is the biggest city in the Big First and merits the attention.
As Rep. Huelskamp noted in a brief stop here Friday, one of his staff members will split time between the Manhattan office and an existing office in Salina. The congressman also operates offices in Hutchinson and Garden City.
The district itself is huge, but when the local office’s hours are determined, area residents will have better access to their congressman than has been the case for decades, perhaps ever.
We also were pleased that Rep. Huelskamp, an admitted “stickler on spending,” promised the Manhattan community, “I’ll take care of you.” We expect him to take that promise every bit as seriously as he takes his pledge not to increase taxes. In fact, when the two promises collide, we hope he recognizes that despite the universal desire for low taxes, sometimes the best way to “take care” of constituents is to ensure that vital programs and services are adequately funded, even if at times that means boosting their funding.