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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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