National Write Your Congressman – Salt Lake City, UT
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I like the independence of being able to go out looking for Responsible Americans, rather than standing behind a counter or sitting behind a desk waiting for customers to come into or call my business. I like the interchange of information between reps and managers who are focused on how to improve the overall organization. I also like the ability to speak individually with people in various parts of the country about what they and I are experiencing. I also like the fact that NWYC is faith-based and stands up for its reps in challenging situations.
I recognize that our website is not Reuters, FOX News, CNN, or the Associated Press. At the same time, I am often disappointed at the delay in updating issues on the homepage. I am also disappointed that NWYC misses opportunities repeatedly to be on the leading edge of opinion gathering. For example, the EPA has announced rules that would effectively close down coal mines and power plants. That has a significant impact on the economies of many states that produce and/or use coal in coal-fired power plants. It has a huge impact on the national power grid, which is not prepared to operate without some of the very power plants that the President is trying to shut down. The NWYC was at the forefront of another EPA issue in July 2014 and an ATF issue in the Spring of 2015. We have seen significant reformatting of the Membership Booklets and Reports. There needs to be more variety from quarter to quarter in the issues that are publicized for renewals. I don't like being away from my home for 75% of the work time that I spend. That's an inherent factor given the area that I work (60,000 square miles in three states); but, it does get frustrating to be away from home so much. I drive nearly 20,000 miles each year, mostly on primary roads and dirt roads and often outside of cell phone coverage; but am usually not eligible for mileage reimbursement.
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We have a mini-ballot on Constitutional Issues that asks people if they support single-subject legislation. Many of the voice mail announcements could be made more effective by using the same single subject process. Recognition should be contained within one voicemail. Ideas and narratives should be contained within one voicemail. Some announcements become so lengthy that they lead to *75 to move on to the next announcement. I would like to see more interaction between NWYC and Congress - not in a lobbying capacity, but in a recognition capacity that we are one of the most important organizations that will interact with Congress. That needs to be better communicated to the reps and managers. I also feel periodically that there is no point in sharing my expertise on issues at the state level; since, they tend to be overlooked. I used to spend a fair amount of time gathering info from state legislators and the state legislative website about pending issues that would be viable issues for a state ballot. I have stopped doing that. I now hope that the state ballots that are prepared generically have some relevance to the work I'm doing. Again, this is a lost opportunity; since, these ballots are sent to Governors who are trying to develop and drive legislative agendas. We need to continue to strive to be relevant.