We must make informed choices this election

As I reflect upon the tragic events in our country of the past few years, months, weeks and days, I am reminded of conversations that I used to have with my father.

It was decades ago and I was preparing to exercise my right to vote (age 21, at that time). Dad would remind me of the awesome privilege and responsibility it was. More than once he would tell me to very carefully study the issues and the people running for office. Having done that, he would advise me to vote for the ones whom I thought to be the best.

Then, as our conversation would come to a close, he would look at me intently with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eyes and say, “Now, Honey, remember—the best person is always the Democrat!”

As I write this, it is being reported that there are not 10 Republicans in the U.S. Senate willing to cross the aisle and vote to enact commonsense gun laws. Yes, absolutely, we need better mental health care; but we also need restrictions upon what is available to those suffering from mental illness. It is not either/or. It is both/and.

You were right, Dad. You were right!

Sylvia Horsch

Mukilteo

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