Remember back in February (yes, February) when I posted a letter I sent to the White House about insurance coverage for conception? I checked the box that said I would like a reply back. A fact I had pretty much forgotten because that was clear back in February. Yesterday, two and a half months later, I got that reply.
Now you’d probably think if it took that long the reply would have something to with the original letter. You’d be able to see the connection between the two and the reply would be an actual response, even if it was written by an aide. If they were just depending on an automated system with form letters then you’d think they could shoot out a reply relatively quickly (maybe have the system wait a day or two so it didn’t come across as one of those “we got your message, thanks” kind of things) and the automated reply could use the name submitted with the original message.
And if you thought that, you’d be wrong.
Go read the letter I wrote. And then read this reply:
I tell them my name and they reply “Dear Friend.” I’m feeling all kinds of warm and fuzzy right now. I write them about conception, and they reply telling me about contraception. He appreciates my perspective? He clearly doesn’t even know what my perspective is.
Yup. My voice was heard. I need to speak a little louder.