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Well put Jean, well put.

I keep responding to current issues, becasue at least
they see that I cvare enough to respond.

It has helped with some issues.

Thanks,
Lynn Miller
Lone Jack,MO
Jackson CO

--- Jean Leonatti <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Just a tidbit of information -- in my line of
> business I often have to
> communicate with federal and state legislators.  We
> are still being advised
> to FAX or email any correspondence to federal
> representatives and senators.
> Because of the security issues, written
> correspondence  that is sent through
> the US Postal service, takes forever to be cleared
> for delivered, if it is
> delivered at all. FAX or email will arrive promptly.
> Just a sign of the
> current times.
>
> Some legislators do respond with "form", neutral
> letters - others take the
> time to write a response that is specific to your
> cause.  Last year, I wrote
> to my representative in support of CARA, and
> received back a three page
> letter outlining his reasons for not supporting that
> legislation.  Quite
> frankly, I had more admiration for him because he
> took the time to explain
> his concerns even though I didn't necessarily agree
> with them, then I did
> for others who sent me such a neutral response I
> could not figure out what
> they believed!
>
> Personal opinion - you should keep communicating, no
> matter how frustrated
> you are.  No one is ever going to agree with you
> 100%, you win some, you
> lose some, but they aren't going to know your
> opinion unless you send it in.
> I can tell you from experience, at least at the
> state level, some
> secretaries keep track of the # of support vs.
> opponent letters/calls - and
> a legislator may ask "for the count" even though
> they don't necessarily read
> each letter.
> Jean Leonatti
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: MO Wild Bird Forum
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of
> sgriffaw
> Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 9:55 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Conservations Issues/Politics
>
>
> Has any positive action resulted from writing to our
> current congressman on
> such issues?  I used to write the current senators
> regarding such issues,
> but was so put off by the responses I found the only
> method to express my
> opinion was at the voting booth.  Ours seem so
> entrench in their beliefs
> that conflict with issues that would be positive for
> birding our long term
> land policy.
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Patrick Harrison" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 8:33 PM
> Subject: Re: Conservations Issues/Politics
>
>
> > HURRAY!!!!!
> >
> > Dorothy (and the list) YOU have nailed it!
> >
> > To be specific, "Posting information about issues
> that impact birds as
> > specifically as this one does, without comment, is
> surely appropriate."
> >
> > WITHOUT COMMENT (to mean, facts without personal
> editorializing).
> >
> > "You the Woman..."
> >
> >   _____
> >
> >
> > Patrick Harrison
> > Shelbyville, Shelby County, Missouri
> >
> > [log in to unmask]
> > [log in to unmask]
> > http://www.patrickdharrison.com
> >    ,_
> >  >' )
> >  ( ( \
> >   " |\
> >
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: MO Wild Bird Forum
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
> > Dorothy Lambert
> > Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 8:16 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: Conservations Issues/Politics
> >
> >
> > Guess what folks?  Birds and other conservation
> issues ARE political.  A
> > good part of the reason I birdwatch is to support
> political action on
> > environmental issues.  I try to keep that part of
> my birding off this
> list,
> > sometimes more successfully than others.  Posting
> information about issues
> > that impact birds as specifically as this one
> does, without comment, is
> > surely appropriate.
> >
> > We count birds around Christmas and during
> migration.  What do you think
> > that information is used for, besides getting your
> name posted on the
> > Cornell Lab website?  Laws concerning issues like
> this very topic are
> based
> > on the information gathered in this and other
> ways.  Is that not
> political?
> >
> > I would go birding even if I never turned in
> another count list.  I'm just
> > glad that my hobby has the potential to help by
> impacting policies and
> laws
> > that improve environments and by extension, the
> world we live in.
> >
> > Dorothy Lambert
> >
> >
> > >From: Edge Wade <[log in to unmask]>
> > >Reply-To: MO Wild Bird Forum
> <[log in to unmask]>
> > >To: [log in to unmask]
> > >Subject: Conservations Issues/Politics
> > >Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2003 09:00:23 -0600
> > >
> > >It is a very fine line between politics and
> issues of bird conservation
> > >affected by political proposals/decisions.  It
> seems appropriate to me
> > >to inform people of proposals/decisions that may
> positively or
> > >adversely affect birds.  Readers are free to
> respond or not to such
> > >information by informing others or contacting
> politicians directly.
> > >
> > >Comment about the current regime isn't
> appropriate--or necessary.  We
> > >all should try to remain open minded.  I know I
> am, even though my
> > >family lost their land when it was sold for taxes
> by the radical
> > >republicans after the war between the states.
> > >
> > >Edge Wade
> > >Columbia, MO
> > >[log in to unmask]
> > >
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