I thought everyone would enjoy a short letter exchange I had with my Senator, Mike Miller. Form letters can be quite hilarious.
February 21, 2006
Senator Mike Miller
110 College Ave.
Annapolis, MD 21401-1991
Dear Senator Miller:
I am a 16-year-old student from your great state of Maryland who is interested in both law and politics. Your service to my state is greatly appreciated, and I respect your time and energy spent to better the good of the state.
As a young citizen, I see a need for bettering our state and country by men such as yourself because the decisions you make will have a lasting impact on young men and women like me. Because I this, I believe that young citizens should be involved in their state legislature in some way, to understand how laws are made and bills are passed. I am taking this step by becoming involved in Teen Pact, which I will be attending March 6-11 at our state capitol.
I urge you to stand for morality in this state. I believe that the family is the core institution of our society, and when it is broken down the rest of our society will break down. Our nation was established by families, made up of one man and one woman. It will fall if this is torn apart, taken away, or redefined. I pray that your decisions will reflect a high standard. I believe that decisions made to protect the institution of the family are great decisions, worthy of great honor and admiration.
Along with this comes the need to hold high ethical standards, especially concerning abortion. We know that each child, even at conception, deserves the same rights and privileges to live as I have. Why take the life of someone who could be the next George Washington, the next Albert Einstein, or the next Mother Teresa? Abortion does not help our society.
Again, I think you for your service to this state, and your dedication to represent me and my family.
Now the good stuff.
April 18, 2006
Thank you for your correspondence regarding teacherâ€™s pensions. I have long believed that investment in Education is the foundation for building productive communities, thatâ€™s why despite Governor Ehrlichâ€™s failure to include money for teacherâ€™s pensions in the Fiscal Year 2007 budget, the General Assembly made it a top priority. Prioritizing education means that we keep the best, most highly-qualified teachers in Maryland classrooms, and allows us to recruit new teachers in our communities.
By passing a meaningful enhancement to teacherâ€™s pensions, Maryland will continue to attract and retain the best teachers and reward them for a job well done. My colleagues and I fought for legislation â€“ soon to be signed into law â€“ that raises the multiplier from 1.4 to 1.8 percent, with a 5 percent member contribution. Perhaps most importantly to our teachers, our bill is retroactive to 1998. This legislation will go a long way towards ensuring a brighter future for those who give so much to our classrooms.
Attached please find a letter from the Maryland State Teacherâ€™s Association regarding the push for pensions. Like you, I believe that we must continue to strengthen the current pension system so that the benefits owed to our teachers serving in todayâ€™s classrooms are guaranteed for generations to come. I will continue work to make our children, and the investment in the future of those who educate them, a top priority. Please contact me if I may offer any further assistance regarding this important matter.
Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.
Can anyone explain that to me?