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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

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August 20, 2007
Weekly Columns

August is a time that I always look forward to. In Congress, it is traditionally a period of recess from work in Washington for the month, which allows me the opportunity to return home to Oklahoma. It is a pleasant break from Washington-style politics, and I am pleased that it gives me a chance to reconnect face-to-face with Oklahomans from the Fourth District.

One of the most important things I will be doing while I am in Oklahoma is participating in a series of town hall meetings. This month we will be holding these meetings in Dibble, Hollister, Goldsby, Rush Springs, Lindsay, Chattanooga, Thackerville and Healdton. These meetings are an opportunity for citizens of the district to come voice their concerns and hear about what has been going on in Washington. I extend my personal invitation to all citizens of the Fourth District to attend one of these meetings. If you need more information about the town hall meeting schedule, please visit my website at www.house.gov/cole or call my office at 405-329-6500.

I am also honored to visit towns that are commemorating milestones and celebrating major city developments. For example, this week I will be going to Elgin to participate in the kick-off of the Army's Non-Line of Sight Cannon integration center. I am very proud that Elgin has been selected to manufacture this state-of-the-art weapon system that will make American soldiers more secure and more effective in the battlefield. I am especially pleased about the new job opportunities that this project will bring to Elgin and the surrounding communities.

In addition, over the next two weeks I will be touring several important facilities in the Fourth District. For example, I will visit a hospital in Comanche County, see business developments in Frederick, attend Moore's veterans' memorial ceremony and meet with local elected and business leaders in towns across the Fourth District. I appreciate these communities and individuals meeting with me so that I can learn more about progress and developments that are happening in Oklahoma.

It is an honor to represent my fellow citizens in the House of Representatives. I believe that one of the most important aspects of representing people is having the opportunity to hear their concerns. During the next two weeks I look forward to traveling throughout our state and listening to what is on the minds of my fellow Oklahomans. I hope everyone reading this will take the opportunity to attend a town hall meeting somewhere nearby. But, if you can't make it to a town hall meeting, please don't hesitate to contact one of my offices or visit my website.

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