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Congressional intervention

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Dear Editor:Last year, I decided that since my 18-year-old dog had passed away, that now I would like to go see some other countries. I applied for a passport at the post office. The post office staff helped me get my driver’s license, birth certificate and passport photo together and sent to the Seattle Passport Agency. The Seattle Passport Agency sent me a letter requesting more stuff to identify me with – I sent them more stuff, bills, old leases, and they sent me the same darn letter again. So I went to my hometown, out of state, and got my school transcripts with county seals on them and pictures of me on my high-school wrestling team and sent this and more documents to them. Again they sent me the same letter, requesting more stuff. At this point, I am seven months after I applied and still no passport so I stopped sending more stuff and they finally returned everything except my birth certificate and my son’s original birth certificate (which they never did return).So I went to Congressman McInnis’ office and his assistant, Holly, was very helpful. I had to order another birth certificate. Then, with just the basics that I had originally submitted, a copy of my Colorado driver’s license, a birth certificate and a passport photo, Holly intervened on my behalf and voila, about six weeks later I received my passport.I just wanted to say thanks to Congressman McInnis’ office. While the Seattle Passport Agency was treating me like a terrorist suspect, Holly treated me as a citizen and a member of the Colorado community. There is a lot more that a congressman offers to their community than just being in Washington, legislating, and this story is a testament to the great asset their office is to this community. I’ll bet there are a lot of ways this office helps our community. Robert WrightGlenwood Springs


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