Some enterprising individual made December 7th Letter Writing Day to help combat the loss of letter writing skills due to the rise of texting, social media and the horde of instant messaging apps.
Writing a letter can take so many forms, but because I’m a political commentator I’ll use this unofficial day primarily to encourage you to write to the politician of your choice, either federal or provincial.
I’ll leave the topic up to you.
All I ask is you take 30 minutes out of your day today to write and send a letter to a politician about an issue that concerns you.
We have a ton of issues to discuss with the men and women we mere citizens elect to represent our interests in the hallowed halls of government.
Here are a few topic suggestions if you can’t think of what you would write about:
- Canada’s decision to ban legally-owned firearms from licensed, RCMP-vetted gun owners while leaving illegal guns in the hands of career criminals, drug dealers and gang members
- the continued ethical challenges of Liberal MPs, including Yasmin Ratansi
- Demand Justin Trudeau defend free speech, not his beloved “approved speech”
- Demand provinces adhere to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and stop trying to prohibit worship services.
That’s just a few ideas torn from recent headlines. I’m sure you’ll find a ton more ideas in your inbox.
All I ask is that you leave the word “Letter Written” in the comments section to let me know who is participating in this exercise of political action and mental health.
If the Mere Thought of Writing a Politician Sickens You
Should the thought of writing a letter to a politician fill you with dread, apathy or simply make you vomit a little in your own mouth, may I suggest something else – something far more likely to make your day as well as that of your recipient.
Write a letter of gratitude to someone who you admire, someone whose actions inspired you or brought you to tears, someone who you simply can’t live without.
People on my gratitude list this week are:
- My wife
- My pastor and church deacons
- My grandsons and their parents
- Dennis Young, a friend as well as Canada’s leading firearm researcher
- Darius Sam (who is recovering from his 100 mile Run Against Addiction on Saturday)
- Niagara Regional Police Det. Sgt. Shane Donovan
- Friends who will remain anonymous
Make a list of the people you are grateful for, then write them a letter expressing why you are grateful for their presence in your life.
In the midst of the ongoing COVIDiocy running rampant across our nation, this may be the single, most important thing you do for your mental health today.