Regular readers may remember my slight consternation when I wrote to my senators to express my support for resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States, and got back a response from Senator Feinstein that began "Thank you for contacting me to share your opposition to the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States." My consternation was only slight because her response made it clear that we actually agree on the issue.
I wrote back to make it clear that we did, in fact, agree on the issue, which seemed like a pointless gesture, but it didn't take very long, and it felt somehow important to set the record straight.
Today, something like 6 weeks later, the vast machinery that grinds through Senator Feinstein's correspondence spat out a second email, which began, "Thank you for writing to express your support for resettling Syrian refugees in the United States." And went on to give some details about various good things Senator Feinstein has done in support of refugee resettlement.
I have no idea why that took 6 weeks, but it gives me some confidence that someone is paying attention to the correspondence.