AT realizes that letters to the editor are an imperfect measure of public opinion. But we also know that these letters often represent some measure of actual public response to civic issues.
So it is with considerable interest that we note a recent letter in the Tulsa World, a letter that excoriated Tulsa's John Sullivan for his vote to dismantle Medicare.
Sullivan, a Republican, voted for the Ryan budget plan, a GOP program that would demolish "Medicare as we know it."
The writer, Paula Womack of Tulsa, asks this question: Why isn't Sullivan holding town hall meetings? Womack thinks Sullivan is afraid to face his constituents. She calls him a coward.
We have no idea if that's the case, but we wouldn't be surprised. Sullivan is a knee-jerk conservative, a man who hasn't had an original thought since he entered public life.
Whatever the fate of Sullivan's town hall meetings, it seems quite clear that Paul Ryan Medicare plan has met considerable grassroots opposition, so much that many Republicans are steering clear of it. Just today, for example, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (and card-carrying conservative) criticized the plan.
Sullivan might want to consider following Gingrich's lead.