I spent about 30 minutes at the IMPACT Center for Independent Living in Alton. About 70 people with various disabilities showed up to quiz seven political candidates (in one case a candidate's spokesperson) about the issues of the day affecting them.
Tough questions like, "What can YOU do to help more disabled people get jobs?"... "Why should a disabled person vote for you?"... "How will you cut the deficit (state or federal depending on the candidate) while still providing us needed social services?"
Not sure I heard a specific answer to any of those questions. It could be because I was only there for a small portion of the two-hour forum and missed it. More likely, the answers to those questions just aren't answerable in a way the questioner would like to hear them answered.
What I heard was politicians saying, "look at my record, I've done this and that and la, la, la." The idea of this forum was to give these voters a better idea of who's worth their vote on November 2nd. I hope they got the insight they were seeking.
Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.