Send a Message to your Senators and Representative
Members of the United States House of
Representative and the United States Senate who represent Appalachian
your elected officials is not only your right, it is your duty. Too
many people do not vote. The majority of those who do vote stop right
there with their civic duties. Going to the polls is just the first
step in being a good Appalachian American. Keeping congress
abreast of your views is as important as voting. It is a darn shame to
send people to Washington and then not even let them know what you
want them to do.
Now is your chance to let your senators and representatives know that you are concerned about Appalachia's image in the media and the negative impact this image has on the economic health of the region. I have created a list of all the members of Congress who represent Appalachian counties. All you have to do is click on the link belonging to your senators or member of congress and look for the email link on the representative's web site. Just a short, polite note will really make a difference. I know from my own experience as a legislative aide that correspondence from constituents is given great respect.
If you are unsure of which congressional district you live in you can find out by following the link below to the main United States House of Representatives web site and then typing in your zip code in the search engine.
wondering what you should write in your email message? I have
written a short message below that you may copy and paste into your
email. Be certain to change the name and location and the
greeting for a Member of Congress or Senator..
Dear Member <or Senator>:
If this were a news article
even a letter to the legislator, it would be helpful if not mandatory
to supply actual examples of how the media unfairly depicts
Appalachians. Email on the other hand tends to be much shorter
than letters written the old fashion way. One has to imagine
that an aide or intern in the member's office is the one who is
actually reading the emails. Do not think for a second that
this demonstrates a lack of concern for these messages. These
aides are assigned this very time consuming
job of logging in all of the emails because they are so important to
the lawmaker. A short email that is to the point makes it
easier for the staffer to identify your main concerns and log them in
with the other concerns voiced by the other citizens who are writing
to the senator or member. This is why example and other
illustrations which would be customary in other
longer forms of communication should be limited in emails.
The purpose of
this type of correspondence is to bring the issue to the
legislators attention. If this issue is mentioned often enough,
the senator or member will have his or her staff actually research the