On 5/3/01 10:50 AM, "Sharon Tucci" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> BTW... one amusing observation -- many state senators
> autoresponder messages thanks people for their emails
> if they are a constituent, but says that if they did
> not include their *postal* mailing address if they had
> a question, they will not get a response because of
> the volume of *email* they deal with. Kind of scary
> when these are people involved in law making!
No, not really. Here's the situation -- lots of lobby groups have gotten
into the habit of encouraging their people to send their letters to ALL
members of congress. The congresscritters get inundated with thousands of
messages, most of them from non-constituents. If you don't include your
postal address, they can't tell if you're a constituent and assume you
aren't, because in most cases they're correct.
When you're the senator from vermont, you only care about what vermont
residents think. When lobby groups from California or Texas start campaigns
that plaster all 500+ congresscritters with thousands of messages each, few
from their own constiuency -- what do you expect them to do?