Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Parent Brag

I came home from running an errand last night to find Shef ready to send a letter to our U.S. Representative Keith Ellison about his opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline.  What an odd leisure activity, I thought to myself.  Although, as I'm writing this blog at 6am and on Monday night I spent two hours watching the worst show on television, I'm not one to throw stones.

So anyway, we heard a story about the pipeline on the radio on the way home, and then Dan found an article to augment Shef's understanding.  And then he googled Keith and found a way to email him.  Luckily, his fab teacher has been teaching him about persuasive writing.  So, here's what he said.

Dear Representative Ellison,

My Name is Shef W. and I am 10 years old. I live in Minneapolis MN. I'm sending you this e-mail because I don't agree with the proposal to build the Keystone XL pipeline through the country. One of the reasons why I don't agree with this proposal is that, if this pipeline is made there will be much more pollution. If there is more pollution the world will not be a better place. Also, it will make it harder for living things like plants and animals to stay healthy. Another reason why this pipeline shouldn't be built is that it's pretty much the dirtiest kind of oil extracted from tar sands. Also, we have shown that we can't clean the oil up. So if that oil spills then it would be very bad. Plus, the current Keystone XL pipeline has leaked multiple times in its first year of operation. So why build another? In conclusion, we should not build the oil pipeline.

Sincerely,
Shef W.

Now, he's obsessively checking his email to see if Keith will write back.  I explained that it might take some time, but the checking continues.

6 comments:

mm said...

Super impressive! Yay Shef! I do hope Keith writes him back.

unabashed liberal said...

Bravo for Shef!! He is off to a great political career.

Gina Marie said...

This is the best! Love it.

LH said...

That's the best persuasive letter I've ever read. WOWZA!!!!

jdoc said...

Way to be civically engaged, Shef! He makes some excellent points.

Sarah West said...

Nice job Shef!!! Great letter!