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This is the time to contact your representatives and
congressmen to express your opinion as an INDIVIDUAL
and VOTER about the Microsoft suit. Using a preprinted
form or email template is a quick and effective way to do
this--but taking time to hand code an email, or phone, is
Your elected representatives will respond to this attention--
Microsoft knows this and is attempting to use it with its
Also, just reading about what is going on in Congress, eg.
by following the accounts in the Congressional Quarterly
available at your library, will help a lot. (It will make you
mad for one thing)
PS Could somebody put up one of those "find your congressman's
email and phone" sites up for me?
Matthew Benjamin wrote:
> > Mr. Hamilton, you obviously have as much right to lobby your
> > representative as any other citizen.
> > Mr. Di Cosmo was primarily concerned with the ethicality of lobbying
> > the Justice Department, and he had no idea that the CPT was
> > encouraging people to do so. In my own view, citizens have no choice
> > but to lobby Justice in this case--at any rate, to register their
> > opinions--if they have any stake whatever in the outcome of this
> > issue. That includes the AMSP, obviously.
> > Having said this, there is little doubt whose opinions are going to be
> > heard the most, in the context of the literally BILLIONS of dollars
> > that Microsoft spends on advertising each year.
> > If you can, forgive some of us for resenting a political economic
> > system that grants access and participation proportionally to wealth.
> > Matt Benjamin
> > ----------
> > From: Dave Hamilton[SMTP:DHamilton@baydweller.com]
> > Reply To: DHamilton@baydweller.com
> > Sent: Friday, November 07, 1997 12:24 PM
> > To: Multiple recipients of list
> > Subject: RE: Incredible
> > And how is this any different from the sign-on letter from Ralph
> > Nader's
> > Consumer Project on Technology? See the "pre-printed opinions" at
> > http://www.essential.org/antitrust/ms/browserletter.html. And, since
> > I
> > participated in creating the letter from AMSP, I can tell you that it
> > did not come from Microsoft, but from a professional association of
> > technology providers that have built their businesses with Microsoft
> > products and technologies.
> > It was my impression that the "Appraising Microsoft" conference was to
> > be an open discussion with participants from both sides of the debate.
> > It seems to me that a letter writing campaign from those of us who do
> > not favor government regulation of Microsoft should be just as welcome
> > here as the letter writing campaign from those who do.
> > Dave Hamilton
> > email@example.com
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: firstname.lastname@example.org [SMTP:email@example.com]
> > > Sent: Friday, November 07, 1997 10:46 AM
> > > To: Multiple recipients of list
> > > Subject: Re: Incredible
> > >
> > >
> > > In the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, it is just
> > > considered bad taste to have
> > > to use "pre-printed opinions" that come with carefully detailed
> > > instructions. However,
> > > since we know how Microsoft regards it's users, it comes as no
> > > surprise to me that Microsoft
> > > doesn't trust any of them to speak for themselves.
> > >
> > >
> > >