Letter Writing Tips

Letters to law-makers are one of the most effective ways to influence change. Elected officials have stated that a personalized, mailed letter receives more consideration than a canned email. 

General tips for letter writing

  • Keep it simple – address a single issue

  • Aim for one page or less

  • Cite specifics when possible

  • Thank the recipient for their consideration and service

Suggested outline and topics

  • Introduction

    • Name and credentials 

      • i.e. Where you work, if you own a business, and/or have relevant expertise

    • Why do you live in Bayfield County/what do you value about the area?

  • Provide details on the issue

    • Describe your concerns regarding the CAFO

      • i.e. Environmental harm, health/safety impacts, traffic, odor, negative effects on tourism or other industries, impacts to your job or business, the expansion of this CAFO and/or others entering the community

    • Include specific examples of how the CAFO may impact you and/or your business

    • Indicate why you feel more stringent regulations are necessary 

      • Reference other examples of regulatory failure, cutbacks with the DNR, Lake Superior and its watershed warranting more protection

  • Request an action

    • State what action(s) you’d like the county to take in protecting our community from the proven environmental and economic harm from CAFOs

    • As a Bayfield County tax payer, would you support the pursuit of legal methods, if needed?

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How to Write Effective Letters to Congress—Real Letters Are Still the Best Way to Be Heard by Lawmakers