[HCCN] A letter to Senator Collins - thank you - pass it on

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Thu Sep 20 08:53:40 EDT 2018

Thank you, Dick, for forwarding this really important letter. I was concerned about her comment about seeing Senator Collins' staff NOT noting the callers comments. 
I went into Senator Collins' website earlier this week to write to her - one of the  points I made was to ask "WHY IS KAVANAUGH SO  VEHEMENTLY DENYING THE ACCUSATION."  I  noted how many men always deny - think of President Clinton, President Trump, the entertainers, the politicians, religious leaders, corporate leaders. I also wrote about my opposition to Kavanaugh's stands on the environment, civil rights, pro corporation etc. and asked that she vote against Kavanaugh.
Why the rush to confirm Kavanaugh?
Please come hear Jared Golden tonight at Moore Center 7:00 PM. Vote for Jared Golden for Congress in November - we need to have a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives. Get involved in the local campaigns for Maine House and Senate.
Pam Person, Orland
In a message dated 9/19/2018 2:30:13 PM Eastern Standard Time, atlee at dickatlee.com writes:

 The following letter was written to Senator Collins by a friend of mine 
who, with other indefatigable women from Indivisible MDI, has been going to 
Collins's Bangor office EVERY DAY for I don't know how long (at least a 
year?). She posted this letter to Facebook, so I assume it is an open 
letter and can be forwarded.

Despite Collins's career-long claim that she would not vote for a Supreme 
Court justice that opposed Roe-v-Wade, her past record indicates she will 
vote for Kavanaugh unless there's enough opposition to make her vote not 
matter. And it should be noted that in matters of corporations-vs-people, 
Kavanaugh has massively predominantly come down on the corporate side.

Dear Senator Collins,

I am very sorry to hear that you have received disrespectful and vulgar 
messages regarding your vote on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. That 
should not be happening However, I am offended that this is being used to 
portray you as a victim and that these are being falsely presented as how 
most of your constituents are treating you. I am appalled by your statement 
that you are being "bribed" and “extorted”. Let‘s be clear: the "Be A Hero" 
grassroots campaign that has raised over $1.3 million dollars is not a 
bribe. It is the collective voice of thousands of Mainers (primarily small 
donors of $20.20) who are upset that you are not listening to your 
constituents. We are angry because you are not fulfilling your oath to 
uphold the Constitution of the United States of America and you are not 
doing your job of oversight of the executive branch. Do not try to use a 
few calls where people are saying horrible things as an excuse to ignore or 
condemn the pleas of a large number of your constituents.

I have been coming to your office for the past 20 months and I do not 
believe I have ever been disrespectful to anyone in your office. Yes, I 
have opposed your choices many times but have always done it in a polite 
and respectful way. I have also praised you publicly when I feel you have 
voted in the best interest of Mainers and all US citizens, whom you 
represent. As a matter of fact, I often bring treats that I bake myself for 
your staff, and for you when we met in person. Senator Collins, these are 
not bribes either. They are my way of showing respect for you and your 
staff, and sometimes reinforcing my message to you too.

I want you to know that when I questioned your staff a few weeks ago for 
telling callers "I am writing your message down right now/I will be sure 
the Senator gets your message" and then hanging up and not even picking up 
a pencil or noting it in the computer — not just once but multiple times in 
a row — I prefaced it with "I‘m really sorry to have to say this but this 
is what I noticed during the past 20 minutes I've been here is..." It 
really bothered me that your senior staffer came out and said nothing. So l 
wrote a tweet to let everybody know that if they are taking the time and 
energy to call your offices they need to ask for their message, name and 
contact info to be read back to them to be sure that their messages are 
being recorded. At the time I sent that tweet I don't think I had more than 
ten followers on Twitter. Senator Collins, you really should pay attention 
to what happened with that tweet because it was your constituents’ anger 
and frustration that made it go viral.

Let me finish by saying that over these past 20 months I have only ever 
asked for basic human rights for the people of Maine and across the 
country. Is it really too much to ask to be able to have protections in 
place so we can sleep at night and not be worried about our children and 
their future, whether it is healthcare, education, the environment, etc.?

I have shed many tears in your office sharing deeply personal information. 
Stories regarding a prior abortion due to a high risk pregnancy, and 
stories about my fear for my children and myself because of pre-existing 
conditions that require yearly testing and exams. Of course I was concerned 
about your Tax Bill vote — and now about this vote for Kavanaugh. Donald 
Trump said he would only nominate someone to the Supreme Court who would 
overturn Roe V. Wade and help dismantle the ACA. Please don't cast a vote 
that could literally be life or death for many Americans.

Be a hero and listen to your constituents and vote NO on Kavanaugh.

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