Senators pay attention – your response matters!

Senators pay attention – your response matters!

Last week, I wrote this post and encouraged you all to spread the word and contact your legislators regarding this issue.  This week, I sent this email:

On Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 4:16 PM, Daria Giron wrote:

Please consider eliminating the death penalty in Colorado.
1) Multiple studies and 90% of experts agree it does not reduce crime.
2) It costs A LOT and the money could be better spent elsewhere.
3) The risk of killing an innocent far outweighs any need for vengeance from the families.
4) How do you tell your kids that killing is a sin, but when court ordered it is ok?

I received 2 replies:

From CO District 19 Senator Evie Hudak

I agree with you on this issue and on every one of your points.  Two years ago we had a bill to do this, and it was killed.  I actually argued every one of the points you make here.  It is a shame that there are not enough legislators who are willing to make this change.  The good news, however, is that in the last 30 years, only a handful of people have been executed by the state.  I was able to go on a tour of our state prisons two years ago and see the “death chamber” – pretty horrifying, but at least it is virtually unused most years.
From Congressman Ed Perlmutter:

Thank you for contacting my office.  We have received your email and will be sending out a specific reply soon.  Your concerns are currently being reviewed and documented.  Our goal is to have the most responsive office possible and I look forward to further communications with you.

Congressman Ed Perlmutter
Colorado’s 7th District

Guess who just earned my vote and who didn’t.  Guess who also encouraged me to meet her in person (as she does with all constituents) via her e-mail signature?
Senator Evie Hudak
Colorado State Capitol, Room 330
Legislative Coffees – 1st Thursdays, 7:15-8:15 a.m.
Panera Bread, 7739 Wadsworth Blvd.
Town Hall Meetings – 3rd Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling St.
Just a reminder to all of us that when and how you respond to someone is incredibly important.  That automated reply just does not inspire confidence in me that Ed Perlmutter cares about my views and is representing them in Congress.  He may very well be and may very well respond with a personal e-mail in the future, but this opportunity to gain my loyalty was lost.
I have a few issues that I’d like to be more vocal about – the death penalty being one of them.  I have added these dates to my calendar and will be trying to meet with Senator periodically.

What are you passionate about?  What are you going to do about it?

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