Michelle Barth, regional director for Sen.
"We intake all of the opinions of the community," said Barth
, who works with a part-time employee and interns to handle the outpouring of concerns and opinions on Nelson's work.
Barth's office in the Gate Riverplace Tower is tiny, she
said, but her
work is anything but.She
pores through hundreds of e-mails daily and directs them to the right place - and she
had some advice for those looking to be heard.
"Send your mail to the local office here," she
seen many rants and raves on topics such as the Department of Veteran Affairs, rising health care and food costs but one in particular seems to be on everyone's mind and subsequently in her
inbox - gas prices.
"By far the biggest," she
Several Downtown Council members voiced their concern over prices and offered solutions of their own.Answers ranged from increased national drilling to conservation, but most agreed that solutions need to be found and looked to Barth
for answers. Barth
did note that Nelson recently introduced a bill that would ban speculative trading on oil and other commodities in response to the price of crude oil and gasoline, but couldn't speak on behalf of the rest of Congress.
...Hugh McLean, business manager of Metro-Rooter, with guest speaker Michelle Barth, regional director of Sen.