During my daily procrastination station, I came across a video by one of my favorite vloggers, Hank Green. Entitled “Hey, Let’s Change Some Things,” it encourages us to write to our Congressmen to make a change in the world. Here was an easy, simple opportunity to change the world and I didn’t even need to leave my house!
I wrote my senators, Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen, and my representatives, Frank Guinta and Ann Kuster. My letter concerns the extreme lack of research and education focused around Lyme. I also included a recommendation about changing the CDC’s standards for Lyme testing.
After some research I found that Senator Kelly Ayotte, along with Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT), introduced the Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Prevention, Education, and Research Act of 2015. This bill would create a committee which would further our understanding of Lyme Disease. For more information about this bill and other sponsors, I highly recommend Congress.gov and Real Clear Politics’ “It’s Time to Take Action Against Lyme Disease.”Write #NFLetters to Congress to change #Lyme legislation! Click To Tweet
Writing Tips and Tricks:
- Research, research, research! The more information, the stronger your letter will be! Check out WhoIsMyRepresentative.comto find your Senators and the appropriate Representative.
- Always be courteous. Although you can be passionate, you don’t have to be mean. It can be very hurtful when somebody thinks it is okay to start their own personal tirade. Your letter will be far better received if it is filled with respect and constructive criticism rather than just a rant.
- Hand write and mail if possible. It is so easy to gin up an email and hit the send button, but actually taking the time to locate a stamp, envelope, pen, and paper shows much more dedication on your part. This will be noticed and you will be far more likely to receive a response.
Here are my own letters to my Congress members, feel free to use them for inspiration when writing your own! Happy letter writing to all!
P.S. Most Congress members will respond to your concerns! Barely a few weeks after I sent my letters I received a response from Kelly Ayotte!
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