Helena resident hopes handwritten letters add weight to words about gun violence

Phil Drake

When Caroline Pharr of Helena concluded she had to do something to weigh in and express her concerns about the escalation of gun violence, she decided to take a path that she believes will be more effective but also is something of a step back.

In these days of texting, emails and cellphone calls, Pharr started a campaign urging people to submit handwritten letters urging Montana’s two U.S. senators to make meaningful change.

“Nobody writes handwritten letters anymore,” she said.

Pharr, 41, said he has enlisted about 40 people to write letters, and she has made appointments to deliver them to the offices of Democratic Sen. Jon Tester and Republican Sen. Steve Daines later this month.

She said many people are swamped with the challenges of raising small children, yet they are taking time to write handwritten letters.

Pharr, who said she supports online efforts of clicking on a petition or sending an email, said in this case she is asking for the letters to be handwritten.

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“It’s unusual, and something people do not normally do,” she said. “It’s more memorable and has a bigger impact.”

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