Thursday, October 29, 2020
Oct. 29, 2020

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Letter: Vote as if future depends on it


In 2016, only 46 percent of Americans between ages 18 and 29 voted in the presidential election; for those older than 65 the number was 71 percent. This boomer wants to encourage younger people to vote in this election as you have more to gain or lose than I do.

Our beautiful Constitution is like a marriage contract with the country. The contract didn’t end with the Constitution’s ratification any more than a good marriage ends with “I do”; it begins there. Like marriages, living up to our constitutional contract (forming a more perfect union for all) requires sincerity, hard work, compromise, belief in its goals, absence of cherry-picking, and reaffirmation. We must do this with each election and with each generation.

Currently there are many issues before us, including health, safety, income inequality, reproductive rights, inclusiveness, the integrity of institutions, climate change, and unity. Don’t fool yourself into thinking our constitutional marriage can get by for years without your attention. Marriages don’t work that way and our democracy doesn’t either. So please, vote as if your future depends on it — because it does.

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