Throughout her time as a member of Congress, Rep. Donna Edwards' lack of responsiveness to her constituents and the people of Maryland has been a complete disappointment ("Heather Mizeur: Only Chris Van Hollen can fill Barbara Mikulski's shoes," March 28). Although I did not live in her district, I stopped by her Congressional office a few years back with my husband and son when we were participating in IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) Day on Capitol Hill.

I thought it was important for my son, who has severe Crohn's disease, to meet a Maryland representative and see if she might join the bipartisan Crohns and Colitis Caucus. I wrote a note to Ms. Edwards about the important role the caucus plays in leading the fight against IBD. Since we went to law school together, I thought she would send a response at the very least. I never received a call, email or form letter even acknowledging that I had reached out.

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I tried contacting her office again the following year regarding the caucus and the need to increase the National Institutes of Health funding for Crohn's and Colitis back to its prior levels. And again, I never heard anything back. Frankly, I was disgusted with her office's lack of concern.

I've learned over the course of this Senate campaign that my story is just one of many examples of Ms. Edwards and her staff being unresponsive to constituents and others looking for her help.

Ruth Newburger, Potomac

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