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  •  Good point about e-mail (none)
    which, I'll bet, is the way most people here contact their legislators.

    Sure, e-mail is easy and free, but it's also easy to delete unread. A letter, on the other hand, has to be opened and read by somebody.

    I've found that e-mail often doesn't even rate a response, which, to me, means it was never read.

    The part about being part of a group is also helpful, even if it's a cosy DFA chapter.

    The Republicans want to cut YOUR Social Security benefits.

    by devtob on Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 12:51:24 PM PST

    •  Email Responses (none)
      My emails always get a response from my US senators, state senators, and state representatives.  The only person that I don't get a consistent response to my emails from is my US representative.  Just my experience, YMMV.
      •  California here (none)
        Boxer=response always.
        Feinstein=no response. She did respond once three weeks after the fact. God, I can't stand her.

        I know we can't always get the vote we want for our issues but when a dem consistently votes rep lite it truly makes me crazy.

        Thanks for the great info. I am sure Feinstein's aids are getting sick of me. Boxer's are always polite and seem to care when you call. What a difference.

        The more understanding one posesses, the less there is to say and the more there is to do.

        by Alohaleezy on Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 02:02:46 PM PST

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    •  No response=never read (none)
      I'd say you're right on - most offices try to do a really good job about responding to constituents (even if the senator doesn't agree)

      This is probably true: if you don't get a response letter in the mail, your correspondence was never read.  

      It is also true what someone else commented: if you don't leave a return, in-state address, your correspondence will never be read.

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