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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 5, May 1956 - File 011. 1956-05. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 21, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/1329/show/1270.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 5, May 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date May 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript system of 3 majority, tich propoj tlogy couW America) he indivi' ri] liberties we to by one lommunistj nions. An< inverted lis appeal unism — ig of a bi< :>ln said enough ut the o* ''Dear Congressman: „i the I'"'" ■d, p. 14. 0, p. 64, V'4 as done I ri giving •" , presi*'' ever tfll Also, as. er ordj nize i"c y line P' '-' as S"'j iniiin (M the) au', E the *• • (lie N*f elf is b^ im. Georw"! vtmea ' mid l.<"a 956. RUTH BOYER SCOTT iviinss Yiave cbani ged since you- "isi you 'rj How do I go about. do SOme^«S ab0ut. Cr>* \5 ^ *<*' e« ,\,e° T.-CV- 1 anv iust rio ,use« ife, "bu^- Ti ere 5>5> °"g/3t to be a law Have you put off "writing Washington" because you don't have the "know-how"? Or because you think one letter won't do any good? Read these suggestions, refer to the list on the following pages, and then send your thoughts to Washington! Your congressmen are waiting to hear from you — the people! agai nst. YOU'RE wasting your time, writing Congress about legislation," Bill said to his neighbor. "An individual hasn't a chance. It takes a big organization to put over a letter cam- '£,n- 1 listened for the reply. 'ilybe so, maybe not," John A|)|„ V,j-'red. "To make sure, I'm going to i. "ie huts ;ts 1 see them in a letter \/J congressman." [],, / happens to letters like fohn's? FWed to follow the mail into the Mini 's, eam for myself how effective "n. Bre from individual men and Th,. best way to gauge this KVSu5n to the persons who receive {letter,. \ ''ranees P. Bolton, Republican 'C ,su'<»nan from Ohio since 1940, ELa.bout Mrs. Anna V. Coleman, K e,and's battling widow," who ■ w"ite suggesting legislation to I ,'[X'S 'evied on pensions of wid- .■^i;.. Policemen and firemen. \ p 'Us receive such a pittance," ■taU0'eman wrote, "that surely they K~» "ut be required to pay taxes '"''<' in Family Circle for lanuarv, pM), "K|er the title. "Your Congressman V Piece ,,1 V, v Mind." Used by per- \ "I was glad to introduce a bill at her request," says Mrs. Bolton. "Its provisions were incorporated in the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 — exempting up to .$1,200 of pensions and annuities from income taxes of all prisons." Senator John J. Sparkman, of Alabama. Democratic candidate for Vice President in 1952, tells of veterans in his state who wrote that they'd tried to buy GI housing in rural areas, but couldn't get mortgage lenders. "Their letters," he- says, "helped to bring about tbe direct loan on GI houses, which I sponsored and which litis helped thousands to get homes who couldn't have otherwise." By this legislation certain areas of the country tire designated as "direct-loan areas for GI housing. HOW TO GET ACTION What kind of letters bring about such immediate action':' The heart of what I learned is that your letters will get attention if they are legible, specific, clear, and brief, stating what you're lor or against, and why. While your idea won't go automatically into tl law and may never inspire a separate law, many such ideas are incorporated into the big general laws, like housing, taxation, and social security. A typewritten letter is preferable, but 'many handwritten letters com- •F, '*i'M News, May, 1950 mand respect because of their constructive ideas. But be sure that the writing is easily read, and take extra pains to be brief. Its the 6- to 10-page illegibly handwritten letter that is t waste of effort. Mimeographed letters are also discouraging. As one congressman put it, "We don't know whether John Smith intended to send the letter or merely signed it as a favor to bis organization's legislative chairman, who passed out 200 copies at a meeting." KEEP LETTERS BRIEF Keep in mind tbe tremendous demand on a congressman's time. If be reaches his office at 9 a.m. (some come earlier, some later), he has only tin hour till 10 a.m. committee meet; ings to read mail, see visitors, review pending legislation, and sign letters. So five or six rambling pages may destroy the value of your letter. Your representative may read his short letters and put yours aside for more time that may never come. Being brief w ill also help you to be Specific. II ti person writes, "I wish you'd do something about my bousing," the recipient doesn't know whether the- writer is concerned with rental housing, bouse buying, or house building. Whom do you write? Because (he liaison between Senate and House is far from perfect, you're wise to write both (o your own representative and Page 9 V /
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