People don't understand the power of letters to our lawmakers. For every letter that you send, you represent 10,000 constituents that might vote for him or her. Yes, that's right. That's ten thousand people.
Letters to our lawmakers help ensure the fact that we participate in the democratic process. Lawmakers listen to what we say to them and make laws accordingly. If you let them know what you want by writing or speaking up, they will be more likely to pass laws that favor you. Or stop laws from passing that may harm you.
In addition, now with the Internet, sending a letter to a lawmaker has never been easier. There is usually an e-mail option for most web-sites. You only need to type in their name and click on the link to their web-site. You then look for a button that says "e-mail me" or "contact us" on their web-site.
You can also pick up the phone. A person on the other end will field your phone call and write down your concerns. He or she will then pass the message along to the lawmaker. Sometimes, your lawmaker will follow up by sending you a letter with news of what they are doing to oppose or favor the issue that concerns you. You can also send letters by mail. But, that is much slower. Let your voices be heard. Participate and write to your lawmakers!