Wednesday, June 29, 2005


A postcard from Sue...

How pleasant to fish into our mailbox earlier today and come up with a postcard from Sue inviting us to contact her "if I can be of assistance" and telling us to "continue sharing your views and ideas with me".

Really? We at Take19 have been collecting some of Sue's responses to our letters and emails and we have to say that we've been pretty unimpressed with Sue's (or at least her staff's) responses. Here's an excerpt -- a history lesson really -- from the letter Sue sent to one of our members about Darfur:

"After years of fighting that cost more than 2 million lives, the largely Arab Khartoum government in the North nearly settled its major conflicts with the rebels of the largely Christian and animist south. Thanks to diplomatic assistance from the international community and direct pressure from the Bush Administration, a sense of optimism emerged for the first time in more than two decades."

Here's what she told another member about Social Security: "It is vitally important that we keep the promises made to our retirees and near retirees who have spent a lifetime investing in our Social Security system."

Both responses demonstrated -- loud and clear -- that it's possible to say absolutely nothing and still string words together. Perhaps you have a favorite response from Sue that you'd like to share with us. We'd love to see it. Send us an email.

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