Democracy, more hinges on our ability to vote

Our world has been completely upended in the last year and a half. I am grateful we have a vaccine and a way forward for the immediate crisis, even if it is a bumpy road back. I think the only way we tackle the other important issues we face is to remove the corruption from our government by passing the Freedom to Vote Act (revised For the People Act).

We have watched climate change; gun violence and wealth inequality get worse for years and thrown up our hands in frustration that there was nothing we can do because big money and lobbyist control kept us from real reforms. Democrats barely won the presidency and fought hard to elect two senators in Georgia and it felt like this was the momentum America needed to truly clean up our government and make a better future for ourselves and our children. It’s all related!

The protections for our voting rights and sensible voter ID requirements in this bill are important, but I think the life-changing next steps will come from the reduction in lobbyist influence and big money’s control on politicians, so we pass bills that reduce climate change and create good jobs with new economic engines, pass commonsense background checks, and implement fair taxes on the wealthy. We must save our republic and ensure the promise of democracy, so politicians work for you and me again-not just for a handful of wealthy donors fighting to keep the status quo.

Susan Holstein


Talk to us

More in Opinion

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 file photo, a nurse loads a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Jackson, Miss. Millions of Americans are now eligible to receive a Pfizer booster shot to help increase their protection against the worst effects of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Editorial: Keep covid politics out of city’s plea for police

A Mill Creek city official’s call for police applicants was more about anti-vax politics than jobs.

Voting thing
Editorial: A recap of the editorial board’s endorsements

The Herald Editorial Board has made endorsements in select races for the Nov. 2 general election.

Jack Ohman, Sacramento Bee
Editorial cartoons for Wednesday, Oct. 27

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Election thing
Editorial: Endorsements for Everett, Marysville school boards

Everett voters should reelect Mason and Mitchell; Marysville voters should back Sheldon and Edwards.

Voting thing
Editorial: Edmonds, Mukilteo school board endorsements

For Edmonds, Melissa Stepp is endorsed; for Mukilteo, Judy Schwab and Jayme Lee Vail.

Voting thing
Editorial: Gregerson for Mukilteo; Redmon for Snohomish

Mukilteo voters should return Gregerson as mayor. Redmon should be promoted from the council.

Editorial cartoons for Tuesday, Oct. 26

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Snohomish documentary: Is mayor oblivious or disingenuous?

I’m distressed and disturbed by the comments of Snohomish Mayor John Kartak… Continue reading

Mukilteo mayor: Gregerson has accomplished much

Jennifer Gregerson is the sitting mayor of Mukilteo. Although her opponent says… Continue reading

Most Read