Monday, June 05, 2006

writing my congressman.

Dear Mr. Specter,

About a year and a half ago, I bought my first car. It was used, only $2500, a 1990 Jeep Cherokee, but it was all a girl with a fine arts degree six months out of college could afford. When I bought it, $3 gas was a dream. I love this car. I even named her Lucia. But I realized that I can't drive this car anymore.

I'm not writing you about high gas prices (that's a whole other letter). Last night I saw An Inconvenient Truth. At the end, I was crying. Through the last ten minutes, a thought nagged at the back of my brain: I need to get rid of this car. At first I dismissed it, thinking, I have no money right now to be selling and buying a new car, it's such a hassle, maybe I'll just suck it up. But as the film ended, it became more and more clear what I had to do. So I am selling my car, and I'm going to try to save up to get a hybrid or a smaller car. Until then, I am fortunate enough to live in a city where I can take the bus and bike 95% of the places I want to go.

The film said that each of us, in our own small way, can affect this issue, since this government seems to be largely ignoring the warnings that the rest of the world is heeding. So I am doing my part. I am going to be more vigilant about recycling. I am planning on taking a reusuable thermos with me wherever I go so if I want to get a drink, I don't have to waste another disposable cup. These are small, small things that I am doing.

I am 25 years old, massively in debt from school and working at St*rbucks, pursuing my dream of eventually becoming a self-supporting artist. I don't have much power to effect really anyone, outside of the people on my friends list on MySpace (emailed them all last night, thank you). You, on the other hand, do have the power to speak up, and have people listen. Please please put down the war on terror for a moment (just a moment) and speak to this crisis in the Senate, soon.

This is my first letter to a Congress member. Aren't you proud of me?

Sincerely,
Bethany

1 Comments:

alexis said...

i'm proud of you!

8:38 PM  

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