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[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] Tom et al. I tend to have the same style as you when writing to "elected officials," (albeit not so well written) I have tried a range of writing styles including respectful. My experience has been that I receive patronizing responses no matter what or how I write. I must say that I used to think that the only way letters worked, was if a large enough number would write at the same time. I, sadly, now believe that they don't pay attention at all, see Oil War 2. If you ask me on Tuesday what I think, "I think that your aggressive letter might just force them, out of fear of consequences, to respond by doing the right thing," but on Thursday "they don't care because a check is not attached." Whatever the reality is, be true to yourself and we must always remember that we are not absolved of action even if the action is unlikely to garner the results we wish. We have a responsibility to the people to do whatever we can, even if it is ineffectual, but then of course we have a responsibility to find what works. Hats off to Tom and Bert for showing that those who truly care can disagree on point, but agree on so much else. Go Tom! Roger Stroope Northern Arizona University Flagstaff USA _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk