There are any number of things you can do to help us further the
cause. Your support is vitally important so please participate to the maximum extent possible. Scroll through this page for ideas
on how you can help.
- Join the National Retail Sales Tax AllianceTM
Thomas Paine once said:
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
It will take people like you and I raising the awareness level in each of our communities to move this historic cause forward and
to eventually make it the law of the land. Naturally, how much you participate is up to you. So please, at a minimum, join the
NRSTATM today. You can use our secure
online membership form or, if you prefer,
you may download the form and complete it manually.
» Online membership form
» Download the membership form (choose the Word or the PDF file)
» Call toll free: 1-877-937-6778
» Fax: 1-703-644-4687
- Spread the Word
Talk about a national retail sales tax with your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. Plenty of background material is available
through this web site.
Speaking to local civic groups is another excellent method for spreading the word.
- Write your Congressman and Senators
Sit down and write to your congressman and senators that represent you in Washington, D.C. Some people find this very easy and have done
so in the past, but most of us have never bothered. If you do not know your congressman's or senators' addresses,
go to this site and enter your zip code. National Sales Tax
legislation must pass through the House Ways and Means Committee and the
Senate Finance Committee, so make your opinions known to these people too.
When writing to a legislator, express what you know about the National Retail Sales Tax and the FairTax. It does not have to be a long
economic explanation but rather your views on why we should change to a better strategy to finance our government. Letters can be typed
or hand-written. If you own a business, you can send your letter on company stationery.
The most important thing is to take the time to write, and keep writing if you do not get a satisfactory response to your question.
» Contacting the Congress
» House Ways and Means Committee
» Senate Finance Committee
- Letters to the Editor
The Letters to the Editor section of the newspaper is one of the most popular with readers. It is an effective way to present our case for
replacing the income tax with a National Retail Sales Tax or the FairTax. Personal letters will usually run if they are interesting,
tied to recent news events, and brief.
- Get names, addresses, and phone numbers for all newspapers and magazines in the area you have decided to reach.
» Nationwide Letter to the Editor Information
The Nationwide Letter to the Editor Information page is continuously updated by NRSTA. It has been
setup to make it very simple to use. Mailing addresses and email addresses are readily available on this
page. Clicking on an email address will bring up an email form for you to put your letter to the editor
into (so long as your computer recognizes 'email links.') The newspaper's letter to the editor policy (if
they have one) is available by clicking the Read it button. The newspaper's contact page is also
available through the Read it button or in the Policy column of the web page.
» Letter to the Editor examples
Other newspaper information sources:
» Wordscapes® Newspaper Database
» U.S. Newspaper Directory
- Call each paper and magazine to verify the following:
- That you have the correct address.
- That the publication runs letters to the editor.
- That you have the correct name or department.
- Create your letter to the editor from sample letters and your best understanding of the subject. Give your views, add the personal touch,
and make it interesting. Keep the letter to under 400 words in length or the limit specified by the publication you are writing to.
- Hand address or type the envelope. Some publications will not consider letters that are xeroxed copies or with labels that look like bulk mail.
- Write to the other publications on your list.
- Find different people to write letters to the editor. One person should not write more than once a month.
If your letter to the editor is published send a copy along with the bannerhead of the newspaper to:
The National Retail Sales Tax Alliance
8094 Rolling Road, PMB 905
Springfield, VA 22153
- Talk Radio
Radio call-in shows are a powerful communication outlet for our message. They provide an excellent opportunity to reach people who
are interested in the issues of the day.
To be heard on a talk show, simply find out which radio stations in your area have these types of shows and when they are on the air. This
can be done by asking your friends and associates or scanning the radio dial, usually the AM stations.
Pick a station and show that you like. This way you will feel comfortable with the show's host and the general format of the show. Listen to
the show for a couple of days. Find out what the host says and get an idea of what opinions he tends to hold on different subjects.
Next, sit down and re-read some of the materials. Pick out some basic points that you feel are important and would be interesting to the
listeners of the station as well as the host. Get a basic outline of what you would like to say before calling the show.
Then tune into the show and give a call. In most cases they have an operator or show producer who answers the phone. This person is the
"screener." He or she has the job of picking the most interesting calls and to weed out the trouble-makers. Be sincere and tell the screener
what you would like to discuss. Make it interesting enough to get through and on the air.
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