Form letters de rigueur for many politicians

info@islandpacket.comJune 17, 2013 

I read the letter from a woman who expressed disappointment that her husband's letter to President Barack Obama, asking for Obama's comments, resulted in a generic response with no reference to her husband's suggestions for reducing school violence. I understand her frustration.

Have you tried getting a meaningful response from our state's elected politicians? My experience is that if you write to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, you will also receive a form letter.

When proposed gun legislation was before the Senate, I wrote to Graham, asking him why he opposed universal background checks when the vast majority of the country wants them. After a couple of months, I received a letter that basically said he supports the Second Amendment and is opposed to both restrictions on guns and universal background checks. I already knew that.

I'm inclined to believe that politicians have two form letters: one for people who support their positions and one for people who don't. I'm guessing that staff screen the letters and respond accordingly.

I doubt that the person to whom the letter is directed ever reads it. One starts to believe, "Why bother?"

Beverly Leick

Hilton Head Island

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