Letter to Editor: Not taken for granted

To the Editor:

As I write this, too many voters are losing their right to exercise this fundamental right as an increasing number of states pass voter suppression laws.

Because some local politicians are not accessible to their constituents, my vote is my only opportunity to voice my opinion on issues of concern.

Too many people have lost or will lose their access to health care; too many patients of mine have already been denied services for life-saving or life-enhancing treatments for lack of health insurance.

Too many politicians prefer development of our natural resources rather than protecting them.

Too many irresponsible, negligent and oblivious politicians are willing to put profit before humanity, ignoring accumulating evidence of a looming crisis due to climate change. For a growing number of communities, this is already a present day reality.

Too many immigrants have been and continue to be subject to cruel and inhumane treatment at the hands of U.S. government officials.

And let us not forget our history, and the countless numbers of people who were beaten and died to exercise their right to vote. My vote, my voice, will not be silenced. There is too much at stake.

Starr Gilmartin


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