OREGON COUNTY -- A representative from U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill's office will hold two Kitchen Table Talks in Oregon County Sept. 4 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Country Cottage in Thayer and at 2 to 4 p.m. at Grandma's Restaurant at Alton.
A representative from McCaskill's office said over the past year, members of her staff regularly travel throughout the state to hear from local residents.
As the country approaches the end of the transition to digital television (DTV) on Feb. 17, 2009, members of her staff announced last week the Kitchen Table Talks aimed at informing Missourians about DTV transition. Oregon County residents are also urged to talk to staff members about other issues important to them.
As part of the transition, all analog televisions not connected to cable, satellite, or a digital converter box will go dark on Feb. 17, 2009. Americans, especially senior citizens, depend on television programming to provide them with important information, including weather alerts, emergency information and news. Without taking action, over 400,000 Missouri households, some in Oregon County, will not be able to receive a TV signal when they wake up on Feb. 17.
"It's always important that I hear Missourians' opinions on the issues affecting our state, but I also want to reach out to people to make sure they understand what the government can do for them. The DTV transition is something that will affect thousands of Missourians and too few are prepared for it. We need to get the word out about how the government can help," McCaskill said.
The federal government is sponsoring a coupon program that will provide two $40 vouchers to help Americans purchase converter boxes for their analog television sets, which range in price between $40 and $60. Consumers must request their coupons, and already over 20 percent of coupons available for distribution have been distributed. To find out more about the transition or to order a coupon, Oregon County residents can call 1-888-DTV-2009.
Kitchen Table Talks were originally conceived as a way to give constituents an opportunity to provide McCaskill with feedback on issues affecting Missouri families. The talks also give residents a chance to learn how their senator's office can assist local residents on a range of federal government issues. People attending the Kitchen Table Talks are welcome to bring their ideas and concerns about any issue facing Missouri and the country. Staff members at each talk document their input and report directly to McCaskill.