Monday, October 30, 2006

My way of being active in local politics

This past weekend, Michelle and I got a knock on our front door. It was a casually dressed guy wearing a baseball cap. He introduced himself as our incumbent State Representative, and asked if we had any questions about the upcoming election, etc. He also made an off-hand remark about how he and his colleagues were filling our mailbox with advertisements each day during this time of year. He left us by encouraging us to e-mail him with any questions we might have, and he would respond within a day.

He was successful in getting us to think about the amount of junk mail we receive every year during election season. Now, we faithfully recycle as much as we can, including these ads, but still, we think it creates tons and tons of waste.

So, I took this kind gentleman up on his offer. Here's what I just e-mailed him:

Dear ___________________,

Thank you for being kind enough to stop by our home this past weekend. I appreciate the efforts.

While we spoke, you made reference to the amount of advertisement that you and your colleagues are filling our mailboxes with these days. While I understand that you have a campaign to run, and advertising is an important part of your strategy, my wife and I are concerned about the amount of wasted paper generated during each and every election cycle. For example, in addition to three pieces of mail for other candidates, we received TWO mailers for your campaign today. This does not seem environmentally healthy. I'd be curious to know what the negative environmental impact of each year's elections makes.

Again, I appreciate your efforts, and your encouragement for people to e-mail you with questions and concerns. I just thought this might be worth your consideration.

Regards,

Steve Lewis

posted by Steve at 6:26 PM
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2 Comments:

Anonymous Existential Punk commented at 10:44 PM~  

Did he respond within a day like he said? If so, what was his response? Good on you! i feel this same way about Comcast cable. No wonder they charge so much and keep raising their prices - they send numerous paper advertisements in the mail. It's sickening to me! Adele

Blogger Steve commented at 6:38 AM~  

As of a couple days later, he hasn't called or e-mailed back. I'm totally willing to cut him slack because a) I don't know if I really asked a question - more stated a critique, and b) there's only a few days left before the election, and I know he's busy.

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I'm Steve Lewis. This used to be my blogging home. My online home is now at SpiritFarmer.com. When this blog was my active online home, I lived in Seattle. Now I live in London, UK. I follow Jesus (poorly most of the time), worship simply, read a lot, watch culture, go to school, listen to music, write, enjoy art, and drink a lot of coffee.
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