To The Daily Sun,
I have so many worries about our diverse and beautiful country and the amazing and abundant planet we all share, especially for my children and grandchildren. I often feel my one small voice can never be heard by decision makers in Washington, those with vast wealth and power, whose primary concern often seems to be to keep their power at the expense of the people and the planet. However, I am fortunate to live in a small state where I can seek out, talk to, and interact with my elected officials — from the town select board, road agent, and school board to my representatives and senator in Concord — even the governor.
The same issues that worry us (and often divide us) as a nation can be seen right here in NH. My list of concerns includes voting rights, public education, health care, healthy environment, gerrymandering, civil rights (relative to race, country of origin, gender/sexual orientation issues), jobs and wages. These are issues being debated right here in N.H. There are laws being drafted or voted on pertaining to all of these issues right here in N.H. — and, in turn affecting our state and local communities, affecting you and me. On all of these issues, you and I have a chance to be heard, to have our concerns addressed, right here in N.H. But we must speak, act, call, fax, text, write letters, sign petitions, show up at rallies, vigils, workshops, and at the Statehouse (Concord is not far and most sessions are open to the public). We must get to know our elected officials and how they are voting and what kinds of bills they are proposing. You don’t need to do it all. Pick one area that is of special concern to you or that you feel passionately about.
But if you do nothing else, please vote. And even more important, be an informed voter. The 2018 mid-term elections are not as far away as you think. Every single vote counts. Get ready. Understand the issues now and understand where your current representatives and senators stand on the issues you care about. Vote them out if they do not represent you and your community’s best interests and vote in those who do. Chances are you have a state representative living within a few miles of you. Talk to them, write to them. Tell them what is important to you. To find your representative, their voting record, or to follow a bill in Concord, go to http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/
If you are interested in progressive issues, check out Granite State Progress (good “how to” info here) at http://granitestateprogress.org/ and if you are concerned about a family friendly economy, see http://www.familyfriendlyeconomy.org/
For weekly updates on the goings on in Concord, see the N.H. American Friends Service Committee’s newsletter: https://www.afsc.org/action/nh-state-house-watch
To ensure our representative democracy — “government of the people, by the people, for the people” — please be informed. Then vote.
- Written by Edward Engler
- Category: Letters
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