2013 Resolution?Posted Tuesday, January 1, 2013, at 10:04 PM
"I share Rick's concern over the gun ban legislation. I don't know whether this petition is going to make a lot of difference.
Having worked with a lot of Congressional staffers during my ISSU years, each and every one of them assured me that a single post card, hand written, and signed by a constituent carried more weight with them than a petition signed by hundreds of people.
The reasoning was simple enough. They believed that the person that send that postcard cared enough about the issue to spend a few minutes of HIS or HER time and a few cents out of his pocket to do something.
If you believe for one minute that it will NOT be the staffers that decide which information gets to your elected officials, there isn't much more I can say.
I seriously urge you to invest the time that you would spend forwarding this and/or stewing over who you should send it to and go to these links and type out a brief message against the ban.
NOTE: It looks like Labrador's site is set up so that if you aren't in his district, you can't submit an e-mail using the form. (what a crock.)"
With the arrival of another New Year, perhaps the time has come for those who frequent these and other blogs to make a concerted effort to provide those elected to represent us a concise and current measure of our feelings on matters such as gun control, the fiscal cliff, military spending or foreign aid.
I have been remiss in doing this for a number of years. Having worked inside of government, I also know that such correspondence can be "duly noted" and summarily tossed.
There is no time like the present and it beats the dickens out of some of the other possibilities.
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I was born September 17, 1949 in Caldwell, Idaho. Like Idaho's climate, I have a dry sense of humor. It may be a result of faulty genetics, but I come from sturdy stock. My great grandfather once served as a postmaster right on the line between Camas and Elmore Counties and is buried on what was once his land. According to research my only sibling has done, we generally agree that he started his westward trek in Indiana sometime after 1838 and died of pneumonia in 1911. If Google earth is correct, there are at least 2.5 million average steps between Ripley County, Indiana and his gravesite.
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