House Republicans recently scrapped their plans to weaken the Office of Congressional Ethics [“Donald Trump’s bully pulpit is a Twitter account,” Opinion, Jan. 5].

I take issue with the lack of credit given to those of us who flooded phone lines of GOP lawmakers to voice our displeasure with this closed-door assault on transparency. Donald Trump may have issued a critical tweet, but members of Congress cited a blizzard of angry constituent calls as the most important factor in persuading the House to sideline this amendment.

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It’s important to highlight that participation for ordinary citizens isn’t just reserved for Election Day; we have the power to influence public policy every day, which requires us to get in the political arena.

Brendan Cunningham, West Babylon