Legislators all across the nation say they received thousands of letters and e-mails from their constituents regarding the government shutdown. But for one Indiana Congressman, there was a particular group of letters from Hoosiers years away from hitting the polls. Eighth District Congressman Larry Bucshon stopped in Gibson County Thursday to talk with fourth graders concerned about the nation's parks. These studious minds are working in Sister Irma Arnold's class at Saint James Catholic School in Haubstadt. Many say young ones aren't always in tune with the world around them, but these fourth graders might surprise you." We were kind of disappointed that they were closing them because we wanted to keep them open and go to them still," says student Olivia Pennington. Just the thought of Americans shut out of national parks prompted Sister Arnold's students to write their Congressman. "If people like me don't hear from people we represent then we don't know what people think,I think their essays were very informed, very genuine and thoughtful," says Congressman Bucshon. These Hoosiers can't vote or drive, but that has nothing to do with their freedom of speech. "It's always fascinating to hear the perspectives of people who are young and probably haven't been influenced yet by the outside world as much as adults have and that way they can just be completely honest about their opinion," Bucshon explains. Olivia chimes in, "God..he made that stuff..all the stuff on Earth so it's not fair that the Congressmen close that stuff because it belongs to god and not them." The ins and outs of politics are likely still confusing, nonetheless these little voices are being heard loud and clear. Congressman Buchson continues his journey here in Southwest Indiana, he's hosting a town hall in Evansville Thursday night from 6:30 to 7:30 at the Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center.
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