Animal Writes
13 June 1999 Issue
Make Your Voice Heard

By Bob Bauman (former U.S. Congressman)

Just a word of advice: As a former Member of Congress myself, I can tell you
that volume mail, (or email) on an issue counts for far less than a well-written
personal letter or email, however brief. It's OK to use the ACLU letter [form letter]
as a guide, but personal letters or emails are far more impressive than a copy-
cat message that comes in by the hundreds. Such messages are usually tied
in a stack with a "total received" number on them, or just summarized as a
number on a mail tally sheet. Even more impressive is a visit to the
congressman's home district office, or a phone call to that office and to
Washington. If the call is made to the Washington office, a person should ask
for the congressman's "Legislative Affairs Assistance" who handles the .....
issue. The caller should state that he or she is a registered voter in the
(whatever) district of (state) and wants the congressman to support the bill.
They should also ask for a written reply from the congressman in which he
states his position.

You can find your representatives address at the following site:

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