1. If you are angry don't
write. Wait until you cool down. 99% of the angry
letters these people get never make it beyond an
aides trash can or delete key.
Be sure you are writing the right person. Don't
write your U.S. Senator about a state or local
issue and don't waste your time writing your
local member of the state legislature about a
national one. More than likely he may be just as
upset and feel as powerless as you do.
"You can catch more flies with honey than
vinegar." Be polite and business like. Don't
rant and rave. Above all don't threaten; it's
against the law and in the case of the president
will definitely get you a visit from the FBI or
the Secret Service.
When you write first of all identify yourself.
Make sure that your name, address, telephone and
email address is there right in the beginning. If
there is no way they can contact you they trash
it (exactly the same thing you would do, right?).
Explain the problem as full as possible but try
and keep it in one or two paragraphs. Long
rambling dissertations are a waste of time. If
you feel that's impossible attach your full
explanation as an attachment and reference it in
your short explanation of the problem in the body
of the letter.
Explain what you would like the representative to
do. Ok you have a problem but what can they do
Request an answer back. Don't leave it up in the
air. Something like "I would appreciate an
answer at your earliest convenience." He
knows means "get off your duff and get back
Mail it with appropriate urgency. If you email
them also send the same by postal mail and
reference back to each other. Spend a $1.50 and
mail it certified. Don't just put a stamp on it
and drop it in the box. If it's that important to
write then it's that important to mail properly.
When you do write make sure you are a registered
voter. Believe me they are going to check that