Because we are a rather small part of whichever legislative districts we are in and are isolated, we often don't see much of our state and federal elected representatives.
Some have thought over the years that it was a big news event whenever they come to the Imperial Valley. Our response at the Imperial Valley Press has been when our representatives arrive in the area and act as if it is a huge news event, "What's the big deal? You should be here."
It is good to see Bob Filner, who won't be our congressman until 2003 (if he is re-elected), already coming to the Valley, meeting our people and familiarizing himself with our issues. We need the attention and we need the help. As California's poorest county and with the state's highest unemployment rate, we need help wherever we can get it, and if Filner gets to know our problems and addresses those issues, we'll be on the path to progress.