Talk to everyone you know – family, friends, and neighbors. Share about the heavy industrial – coal burning smelter on your Face Book page or email your contacts. You don’t have to be an expert or know all the details just – refer people to this website, the CANSS Face Book page or pick up some informative handouts at one of our Public Awareness/Volunteer Meetings.
Voice Your Concerns…
Choose the most effective method for you from the list below. Some of us are fluent speakers while others have writing skills. Everyone’s opinion is valuable; use your voice where it is most effective. Often one person’s courage to take action in a new way, inspires others to do the same.
Speaking at Public Meetings
- Practice what you want to say in front of family or friends.
- Arrive well in advance of the meeting.
- Come prepared to discuss the issue with facts that can be verified.
- Before you speak, introduce yourself by region, occupation or the reason you are speaking. For example, “I am Susan, a nurse, and live across the street from the proposed smelter.”
- Ask new questions or those that have not been answered satisfactorily in the past.
- Speak respectfully and calmly even though you might have disagreements with the person or panel you are addressing.
- Read questions or comments if you are concerned you will not remember what you want to say.
- Use as few words as possible to get your point across.
- Listen closely to the answer you receive. If you are unclear about the response, ask the person to repeat it or restate it yourself as you understand it.
- Thank the responder for his/her answer, if appropriate.
- Take notes.
- If you want to continue the conversation after the meeting, consider other ways to contact the person who responded to your questions. A phone call or email might be appropriate.
Letters to the Editor and Elected Officials
- Focus on one topic.
- Introduce the topic in the first sentence in the letter.
- Use only verifiable facts.
- State points clearly, yet succinctly.
- Have someone proofread your letter before sending it.
- Contact the publication to learn the best way submit your letter. Email, delivery in person, or USPS.
- Be certain to include your contact information. The paper might want to verify your identity.
- If you and a friend or family member share the same opinion, include their name with the letter – with their permission, of course.
Priest River Times
Priest River Beacon
Bonner County Daily Bee