E-mail box scores p.10

By: David Noack The Capital Times of Madison, Wis., turned to e-mail to help a lame duck congressman hear from his constituents on impeachment. Retiring Rep. Scott Klug-R was undecided how he would vote. Constituents were having a hard time getting through jam-packed phone lines to express their views and the congressman had no e-mail. So the newspaper established an e-mail box and collected and delivered the messages to the lawmaker.
"The Capital Times announced on our front page (prior to the vote) that we would accept e-mails for Klug on our system and then deliver them to his office," says managing editor Phil Haslanger. "The response was incredible. We received just under 1,000 e-mails to Klug, running 10-1 against impeachment."
He says the paper first printed out the e-mails, but soon became overwhelmed by the responses. They decided to put the messages on floppy disks.
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