Sorry I missed this earlier. James
Our representatives in the General Assembly are servants of the people. We elect them and expect them to listen and at least acknowledge our concerns. Earlier in the short session I made the effort to send e-mails to each of our house and senate members. After crafting a letter voicing my concerns regarding one very specific aspect of the budget I modified one version for senators, another for house members and another one that was more personal for my local representatives.
Now there is a generic address you can use to send out bulk e-mails but I figured that probably wouldn't carry much weight with them and in all likelihood wouldn't even be read.
In order to send an e-mail to a member's personal GA address you have to visit the GA website, pull up a list of members, click on that member's name and view their address. It basically took the entire Sunday pre-race program, NASCAR race (can't remember who won), after race analysis and a couple of hours of ID network programs (there are a bunch of crazy people out there) to get them all sent out.
While I know that these people are extremely busy. I also know they have a staff. I also know that they work for us, not the other way around. I didn't expect to convert them all to my viewpoint. I didn't expect them to immediately send me a detailed personal response. But I did expect the courtesy of an acknowledgment from a staffer within a few days. Here is what I got.
Rick Glazier- I got an e-mail response almost immediately from him personally, not a staffer.
Ronald Rabin- I got a personal e-mail response the next day from a staffer. She assured me that she would share my concerns with the senator.
Trudy Wade- I got an e-mail acknowledging receipt of my e-mail from a staffer.
Chris Whitmire- I got an e-mail acknowledging receipt of my e-mail from a staffer.
Tom Murry- I got a personal response from him eight days later.
Jonathan Jordan- No response, BUT I GOT ADDED TO HIS NEWSLETTER. Now that was insulting.
The other 164 members of the General Assembly? NOTHING