Doing the right thing is the top priority

Published 2:30 pm Monday, November 3, 2008

By Staff
Over the past few weeks, hundreds of you have called, written, faxed and emailed me regarding legislation Congress passed to address our Nation's economic crisis.
I can't say thank you enough to all of you who took the time to share your thoughts.
While there is no way to make all of the 635,000 people I represent happy on this or any other vote, I assure you I will always do my very best to do what I believe is right for our district, our state and our country.
To read a letter I wrote to my constituents explaining why I voted for the Economic Rescue Plan, visit my Website at www.bonnerhouse.gov.
Workforce 2013 rescheduled
Workforce 2013, a day-long summit focusing on setting a five-year vision for the workforce future of the region, has been rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 20, 2009.
The summit, which is open to the public and a mustattend event for local and state officials, economic development
leaders, workforce training directors and human relations specialists, is to assess current strategies for a broad, skilled workforce and offer specific recommendations for action between now and 2013.
Be sure to check our website, http://bonner.house.gov, in the coming months for additional details on this exciting day.
In God We Trust
The motto “In God We Trust” is inscribed above the Speaker's chair in the U.S. House Chamber; however, the replica of the House chamber that will be on display in the new Capitol Visitor Center (CVC), did not include this motto.
I questioned the decision to omit these important words from the replica, and I was told by the majority party that I was not a museum curator and to let the professionals decide what should or should not be on display.
Needless to say, this answer did not sit well with me. I continued to question the CVC staff during the oversight hearings of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee on Appropriations, of which I am a member.
Due to my persistence, the CVC addressed this blatant omission and will include the words “In God We Trust” in the CVC replica of the House Chamber.
I hope the next time you are in Washington you will be able to visit the new CVC, which opens in early December. I am so proud that from now on, all those who visit our nation's Capitol will see these important words displayed where they belong.
Jo Bonner, R-Mobile, is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Escambia County.