Congressman Marlin Stutzman was in town and set aside time for anyone who wanted to speak with him.
People touched on a number of pressing topics that they wanted answers to.
“It's always good to hear from constituents as they share their thought and ideas,” said Stutzman, IN-R.
There was no shortage of thoughts or ideas shared with Congressman Stutzman as he opened his office to the public-giving people the rare opportunity to voice their concerns or praise.
"I think it’s wonderful when they have these open houses when you can come in and talk to somebody and at least get some kind of encouragement," said Scott Christensen, an open-house attendee.
People brought up everything from immigration to the budget, and even the problems that have plagued the local veteran’s affairs hospital.
We most recently told you about the report spearheaded by Stutzman and Senator Joe Donnelly that revealed why the hospital temporarily shut down some of its services last fall.
“We have to make sure we can hire administrative roles when those spots open up and we are going to continue to see gaps,” said Stutzman.
Stutzman also addressed the recent grading scandal involving former Superintendent Tony Bennett. Emails were revealed showing that Bennett may have manipulated the states A-F grading system for political gain..
“The real problem here is if there was any manipulation of the A-F grading system that’s the problem, it's a personal problem not necessarily a system problem,” said Stutzman.
With the U.S. facing massive overcrowding in its prisons, Attorney General Eric Holder called for major changes to the nation's criminal justice system that would scale back the use of harsh sentences for certain drug-related crimes
“Mr. Holder will have to answer questions at the same time I can see some of his reasons and it is also reflective of where a lot of states are with overcrowding at prisons,” said Stutzman.