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To the Editor:

This past Saturday morning, I saw Congressman William Keating at Woodland Variety and Grill in Vineyard Haven. Despite several local annual events attended by large crowds — such as the Chilmark Road Race and JawsFest — going on at the same time, Congressman Keating chose to forego photo opportunities in order to spend time listening to his constituents. In the time that he was there eating breakfast, I witnessed him speak with almost every constituent in the restaurant.

Later that same morning, I know the congressman spoke before the Martha’s Vineyard Democrat Council in West Tisbury, but I was impressed that our congressman felt it was important to make himself available not only to the politically active members of his party, but to all those who call Martha’s Vineyard home.

How refreshing in a time of social media, sound bites, and photo opportunities, that our congressman avoided the crowds so he could hear from us. He spoke with his party loyalists before he departed, but he “broke bread” with all of us. I’m proud that Bill Keating is representing me in the United States House of Representatives.

Ewell Hopkins

Oak Bluffs