"Thank you for the opportunity to share a few thoughts on the importance of constituent communication. I cannot represent the people of Illinois without knowing what they think, and the best way to find out what they think is to communicate with them directly. Thus, communicating with people I represent is one of my most important responsibilities as a senator.
As the noted historian David McCullough is fond of saying, "writing is thinking." The act of putting pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, helps us organize our thoughts and marshall our best arguments in defense of our positions and ideals. Thank you for informing Americans about the issues we face as a nation, and encouraging them to write to elected officials like me." -Senator Barack Obama- Excerpt from letter to NWYC January 3, 2007.