By Lon Anderson
The annual Mathias state legislative town hall meeting held last week in the Mathias School showed that area residents have a strong interest in energy, jobs, transportation, the environment and the drug epidemic.
Although the crowd of 20 or so was smaller than last year’s, the interest and intensity were still very much in evidence. “Tonight’s crowd is more like our average,” said State Senator Randy Smith, in opening this year’s forum. Last year’s standing-room-only attendance, he noted, “was one of the largest crowds we’d ever had.”