To the Editor:

This is one of those times in history that will be remembered forever. In the Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln asked us to consider whether a government, “conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal,” could endure. He asked us to dedicate ourselves to the “unfinished work remaining before us.”

Lincoln’s words came when the future of our democracy and the vision of our founders were in great jeopardy. Now we are facing an equally challenging time. The very foundation of our democracy is the right of its people to vote. That right is in grave danger as state legislators in many parts of the country are passing restrictive voting regulations. I believe the challenge of preserving our democracy is as great now as when the Gettysburg Address was delivered.

Now is the time for individuals of good will to take action. The Senate bill, (SB-1), already passed in the house as HR-1, will ensure the right of all citizens to a fair and equal opportunity to vote.

Unfortunately, our political party system isn’t working in the best interest of the people. Even when voters in both parties appear to support legislation, party representatives respond to party leaders’ directives rather than the needs and wishes of their constituents.

There is only one way to break the grip of politics over democracy and the people’s needs. Voters need to send an overwhelming message of their will to their respective senators with a clear warning that failure to listen will result in withdrawing support in the next election.

Your message to your senator can make all of the difference. Please share this message with your family and friends in other states so they might be inspired to write their senators.

Starr Evans


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