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Why wouldn't someone vote?

To the Editor:

Thank you all who voted.

As a responsible good citizen, I vote every time it's needed.

Why?

It is our duty to do so. It is our responsibility as we partake in our government.

A few did not vote. So I am appalled to learn that at our recent poll certain neighborhood association leaders have abstained from voting, thus rebuking the exercise on our democratic assignment given to us duly, displaying a serious un-American way of behavior. In many democratic nations, such attitude would have dire consequences. To vote is the right to suffrage. To vote is the respect for our Constitution's groundworks.

This free honor of voting is to be cherished while upholding the legacy of the suffrage and suffragette movements that surged from their courageous tenacity to achieve all men's and women's right to vote.

It is not only a privilege but a solemn obligation to vote, no matter one's inclinations.

Not voting is a most un-American statement, unworthy of one's exhibit.

My friends, vote. That is to be an American.

Alice Richmond

West Linn

WL, don't be afraid to vote

To the Editor:

Regarding the recent opinion piece titled 'Reasons for not Voting,' I find the author's logic for not voting on an issue she disagreed with appalling.

She states she was 'afraid' of people thinking she did not support the police. I think if you are 'afraid' to state your opinion, you should perhaps climb back in the playpen and leave the decision making to people who are willing to discuss, and yes, even disagree over issues.

To simply not vote is downright passive aggressive. Furthermore, she did not offer any evidence for her assertions about the police not needing this levy.

I don't know which is worse, someone not voting because they don't know or care about the issue, or someone like this who is taking such obvious delight in (secretly) undermining the efforts of honest citizens.

Sharon Bonesteel

West Linn