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  •  Unfortunately, (1+ / 0-)
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    the Senator will never see your letter. A staffer will, and will assign a form letter response to it, and e-mail that straight back to you within a day or two, if the staffer is on his or her game.

    "It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered." ~Aristotle

    by Bonne Vivante on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 12:34:07 PM PST

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    •  Yeah. E-mail actually has reduced the value of (2+ / 0-)
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      the incoming correspondence to the Member of Congress and to their staff. Any yahoo can send off an e-mail, but letters? Especially if they send a shitload of letters through Digital Mail---then that's worth something taking another look at.

      •  Maybe I'll print it out and use a stamp... (1+ / 0-)
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        Can't hurt.  Maybe I'll fax it, too.  ;-)

      •  Yep. E-mails are just bits and bytes. (2+ / 0-)
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        slinkerwink, Lady Libertine

        Getting 15,000 letters in a single day, on the other hand, might be a bit awkward, both for the Senator and the postal service.

        Omne malum nascens facile opprimitur, inveteratum fit plerumque robustius. - Cicero

        by Dauphin on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 12:38:59 PM PST

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        •  Although when a ton of people send (4+ / 0-)
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          letters via e-mail on a particular issue, the Senators will be notified. Staffers will give them a figure on the volume, and what the numbers are pro and con. All Senate offices have software to help monitor all of that.

          But yes, e-mail has changed the nature of the game. It's hard to give a lot of attention to e-mails when you're getting bombarded with thousands of them (especially the form letters that people send via websites)--at that point, you just assign the form letter you wrote for the issue, hit send, and you're done. A hand-written letter, on the other hand, gets more personalized treatment.

          "It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered." ~Aristotle

          by Bonne Vivante on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 12:45:48 PM PST

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          •  It also has to go through special handling (0+ / 0-)

            at the post office and takes much longer to arrive than an e-mail.  When time is short, I'd still send an e-mail or fax rather than going the snail-mail route.  My House Rep. Tammy Baldwin points that out right on her website.  Getting  a huge box of letters from the post office after the vote has occurred is a big waste of postage and paper.

            •  This is true. (1+ / 0-)
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              If you're running out of time, e-mail is the way to go. Ever since the anthrax scare, snail mail has been treated with kid gloves. If you send a hand-written letter, expect it to take around 10 days to get to its final destination.

              "It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered." ~Aristotle

              by Bonne Vivante on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 01:01:04 PM PST

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      •  The hand-written letters do get better treatment (0+ / 0-)

        especially when you can see the effort a person put into it. Hand-written letters are also often penned by older folks who, as we all know, vote in greater numbers. But mainly you want to make sure to answer the hand-written ones because of the effort the writer put in to actually hand-write the letter and then personally mail it to you.

        "It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered." ~Aristotle

        by Bonne Vivante on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 12:40:50 PM PST

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    •  So, I shouldn't have sent it at all? (5+ / 0-)

      Don't follow that logic.  I'm well-aware of the unlikeliness that the Senator will read MY letter. But, if enough are sent, saying the same or similar things, the basic message will likely get relayed by the staffers.

    •  Hand-write letters and send them via snail mail (1+ / 0-)
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      Typed letters receive very little attention, but hand-written letters are treated differently.

      I ALWAYS sent correspondence to my Congressperson and Senators hand-written (printed because my cursive SUCKS) and via snail mail.

      It is November 4th. David did, indeed, beat Goliath.

      by voracious on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 12:38:02 PM PST

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