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Time for Action - Welfare Reform??? Yes!!!
October Calendar
Workshop for Observers
Human Resources
Arbor Day Planting
Convention Call
Congressional Study - October Unit I
Now is the Time...
Voter Service Update
We Trained Ourselves
Campaign Controls? - October Unit II (Nan Lowers & Alice Scott)
United Nations Day -- October 24th
We Are the Builders - Consensus
Be Part of the "Pulse"

Be Part of the "Pulse"

(From A Guide for Citizen Action LWV U.S.)

Citizens in all 50 states have an opportunity to lobby their elected officials at the local level and in the state legislatures. Unfortunately, Congress In not so readily accessible and, except for citizens living near the nation's, capital, opportunities for face-to--face lobbying on national legislation are limited - but the pen is close at hand.

If you are wondering whether or not it is really worthwhile to communicate your views to your own senator or representative in Congress, consider this fact; Others who disagree with you are doing so constantly....

"Your congressman is one person to whom your opinion definitely is important. With exceptions so rare that they are hardly worth mentioning, members of National Congress positively do read their mail. Moreover, they are interested in its contents. The mood and tenor of the daily mail from home is a recurrent topic of conversation among members when they gather in the cloakrooms in the rear of the House and Senate Chambers or around the coffee cups in the dining rooms of the Capitol." (You and Your Congressman by Congressman Jim Wright.)

The mail is obviously of great importance to senators and representatives determining thoughtful constituent opinion. During the long congressional sessions many do not get home as often as they would like and they depend on constituents letters as a major way of "taking the pulse" back homed As a concerned citizen, you can be part of the "pulse".

You may ask, "Does my letter really make a difference?" Your voice, like your vote, does count. While one letter may not accomplish your goal, your opinion added to that of many others in your community and thousands of like-minded citizens from around the nation who are working for common goals, can make a difference. The following information will serve to guide you in letter writing.

Salutation and closing for letters to Officials

PRESIDENT

The President

The White House Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

Very respectfully yours,


VICE PRESIDENT

The Vice President

The White House Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. Vice President: Sincerely yours,


MEMBER OF THE CABINET

The Honorable William P. Rogers

The Secretary of State Washington, D.C. 20520

Dear Mr, Secretary: Sincerely yours,


SENATOR

The Honorable Hiram. L. Fong/Daniel K. Inouye United. States Senate

Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senator Fong/Inouye Sincerely yours,


REPRESENTATIVE

The Honorable Spark M. Mataunaga/Patsy House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Mr, Matsunaga/Mrs. Mink Sincerely yours,


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