So it was written, so shall it be done. I contacted both of Virginia’s Senators, Mark Warner and Jim Webb, to show my support for the Open College Textbook Act of 2009. It did, indeed, take under five minutes to exercise some of my power as a voting constituent beyond showing up at the polls every couple of years.
What about the rest of you USA readers? Honestly, it couldn’t be easier — visit this site, choose your state and Senator, and fill in their “Contact” form (always featured prominently on their web page) to send them a quick note. Check out Greg’s post for a sample; staffers and Senators do not mind receiving the same note many times, because they still know the issue was important enough to you to bother contacting them at all.