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This is a guest post from Harry R. Burger wrote his first letter to his congressman over ten years ago, and once had his state assemblyman recognize him by name from the back of a crowd. Politics is a time honored manly pursuit. While actually running for office may be a goal for some, it behooves all citizens to at least be aware of the politics and current events of their community, nation, and world.
When you come across an issue you feel strongly about, instead of yelling at the television, you can actually do something about it—write your Congressman. Well, you are one of their constituents—that makes it their job to represent you in government.
The First Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees the right of all citizens to communicate with their elected representatives: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
But that just turns into a self-fulfilling prophecy! Writing your representatives may seem like only a small thing, but politicians need to know that their constituents are paying attention.
Follow the guidelines outlined below, exercise your citizenship, and make your voice heard. Before You Write Your Representative 1. Hone in on exactly why you are writing.
Do you have a strong opinion on an issue you heard about in the news? Do you feel you have been treated unfairly by an agency of the government? Do you have a problem you believe deserves to be addressed by a new law?
Does a particular law seem unfair to you, or to have undesirable implications? Are you applying to a service academy i. Are you making a courtesy invitation? Do you really like something your representative did? It is important to sum up your purpose in one sentence, and not the kind with six commas.
This is the first step, and it is important to give you focus and inform the rest of the process.
Under most circumstances, this will be the first line of your letter. Figure out whom you should be addressing. You need to make sure you are sending your message to the right person.Capitalization Rules Capitalization is the writing of a word with its first letter in uppercase and the remaining letters in lowercase.
Experienced writers are stingy with capitals. In the days when writing letters was the only way to pass a message over many miles, merchants and purveyors of various services saw their perpetual letter-writing as the continuation of conversations they would like to be having in person, the vouchsafing of transactions upon which they built their businesses.
To that end, a lot of letter. When writing to a member of Congress, the letter should be addressed with the designation "The Honorable" followed by the representative's full name. Within the letter itself, the salutation should read "Dear" Mr. or Ms., followed by the last name.
Mail sent to all government officials requires.
The following letter deals with imaginary issues, but follows the correct form when writing a letter to a Supreme Court justice. Jones Way, Brown, Colorado March 17, Hampton, GA – A 7th Grade social studies teacher tasked with teaching his students about Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, recently gave his students an assignment to write a letter to Congress .
And now you want to write a letter to the offender in question. Luckily, it’s easier than ever to write a scathing takedown and publish it on the Internet for all to see, earning back slaps and head nods of solidarity along the way.