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Article posted: 10/19/2013 5:00 AM

Durbin comes up MIA on his website

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Where's Dick Durbin? Where's my U.S. senator?

I'm concerned. For the past 10 days I've visited his senate.gov website to drop some messages in the site's email box -- but to no avail. I had a couple of things I wanted to talk about. First, I wanted to give him a big "thank-you" and wet kiss for hosting me a few weeks ago on a tour of the Capitol building. I wanted to tell him what a super chap he was and compliment the services of his intern who acted as our tour guide. Second, I wanted to complain about (and ask for his help regarding) some frisky business regarding my Medicare. It seems that some legislative state government desperados in Springfield want to hijack my health care insurance including my Medicare premium.

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I was able to get through to the email links at the sites of my congressman (Randy Hultgren) and other U.S. senator (Mark Kirk). I even got robo-mail responses from them.

At Dick's site, though, I get some big, bright red message about the federal government "operating under a partial shutdown." When I click his "Contact Dick Durbin" link, I've been getting an "Error" message telling me that "The page you have requested does not exist or is undergoing routine maintenance."

The other guys seem to be on the job and earning the paycheck that I subsidize. But Dick? Has he been barricaded in (and made inaccessible to the taxpaying public) like all those other Washington monuments and memorials? Have right-wing and/or Tea-Party pranksters hacked into his website to make him look bad? Or worse, has he been hijacked and hidden in some place where no respectable Democrat would think to look like, say, under some proposal to balance the budget?

What's the skinny? Where's Dick Durbin?

Les Lopinot

Oswego

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