IN THE MAIL: Olafson didn't belong on Aug. 15 story's list
EDINBURG, N.D. -- I am writing in response to the Aug. 15 story, "Some legislators ignore state e-mail between sessions" (Page B6, Aug. 15). The Forum Communications story takes legislators to task for not responding to e-mail messages received i...
EDINBURG, N.D. -- I am writing in response to the Aug. 15 story, "Some legislators ignore state e-mail between sessions" (Page B6, Aug. 15).
The Forum Communications story takes legislators to task for not responding to e-mail messages received in their state e-mail accounts.
I was wrongly included on a list of four legislators who "do not have a listed state e-mail address." Readers could be misled into presuming that I am not using modern technology, or worse, not being responsive to my constituents, and neither of those is true.
Most people tell me that when they seek out e-mail addresses for legislators, they go to the most logical place to find it: the North Dakota Legislative Branch Web site. If the reporter had done that, she would have found my state e-mail address -- email@example.com -- prominently displayed on my profile page.
My state email address has been displayed there since I took office in December 2006. Furthermore, a Google search of "Sen. Curtis Olafson" would have quickly led her to my campaign Web site, which includes a link to my profile page on the Legislative Branch Web site.
I check my state e-mail address on a regular basis, most often daily, and I try my best to respond in a very timely manner to messages that require a response. As to my adapting new technology, I was the first GOP legislator to have my campaign Web site linked on the North Dakota GOP home page, where it remains as the first legislator Web site listed.
Olafson, a Republican, represents District 10 in the North Dakota Senate.
On Saturday, the Herald published a correction acknowledging the error in the story that Olafson refers to.