Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.
Several people have sent me emails about this, The Red Envelope Project.
If you care about the sanctity of life issue, you may wish to participate. All you have to do is mail a red envelope to President Obama on March 31st.
The goal is to have the President receive an empty red envelope symbolizing a child lost to abortion. There are over 700,000 pledged red envelopes so far.
This is how the idea came about:
Below is a letter that has been circulating with a great idea. The message began in silent prayer from a faithful follower who was spending quiet time with God.
This afternoon I was praying about a number of things, and my mind began to wander. I was deeply distressed at the symbolic actions that President Obama took as he began his presidency. Namely, that he signed executive orders releasing funds to pay for abortions, permission to fund human stem cell research, and federal funding for contraception. I have been involved in the pro-life movement for nearly 20 years, and it pained my heart to see a man and a political party committed to the shedding of innocent blood. This man, and this party lead our country, but they do not represent me or the 54% of Americans who believe that abortion is wrong and should no longer be legal.
As I was praying, I believe that God gave me an interesting idea. Out in the garage I have a box of red envelopes. Like the powerful image of the red LIFE tape, an empty red envelope will send a message to Barack Obama that there is moral outrage in this country over this issue. It will be quiet, but clear.
Since President Obama just reversed President Bush's ban on Federal funding of embryonic stem cell research and approved the destruction of Human Embryos for stem cell research (Federal funding), this project is very timely. Remember, during the campaign, he also pledged to sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which would reinstate Partial Birth Abortion as one of his top priorities.
This is how Red Envelope works:
Here is what I would like you to do:
Get a red envelope. ...On the front, address it to:
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington , D.C. 20500
On the back, write the following message.
This envelope represents one child who died in abortion. It is empty because that life was unable to offer anything to the world. Responsibility begins with conception.
Put it in the mail on March 31st, and send it. Then send this website to every one of your friends who you think would send one too. I wish we could send 50 million red envelopes, one for every child who died before having a chance to live. Maybe it will change the heart of the president.
Warmly, Christ Otto
If you decide to participate, the Red Envelope Project would like you to register with them on that same webpage, so they can have a count of how many were mailed.
I'm using some left-over red envelopes from Christmas and Valentine's Day. Look in your card stash, hopefully you will find one. You can usually get them at office supply stores too, like Kinkos. I would recommend using a Sharpie type marker for the writing, so it shows up well.
If you are still having problems finding a RED envelope, you could use a sheet of red paper and cut, fold and glue into an envelope shape. (Use an existing envelope for a pattern.) Remember, it doesn't have to hold anything, it just has to go through the mail.
Then mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 31, 2009 with a reminder to drop it in the mail that day.
And now for the most important part: Pray for a change of heart for President Obama.