Letter: Supporting Ehlers for governor

To the editor:

There are so many things going on politically right now that I could write a letter about, but what it all comes down to is not only educating myself and sharing what I'm learning with others, it's also about becoming a part of the change. Our government was designed to work for us but if enough of us are not being proactive it's not going to. We're seeing the results of that now. The devastation of this administration started in November 2016 and hasn't stopped. I responded to the election by paying more attention to the news but what good does getting angry do if you're not putting it into something positive? Next I began attending Rights and Democracy meetings, held the first and third Wednesday each month, 6 p.m. at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Bennington. What a resource and what an incredible group of people working for change. With RAD I've attended forums, rallies and vigils related to a variety of issues and have learned so much. I have also begun to see how we can make change happen on every level. RAD was the venue through which I first met James Ehlers. He was speaking at the People's Agenda Rally in Montpelier about clean water and a clean water economy. He has been a huge voice for Vermont's water for nearly 20 years, working in Vermont and D.C. alongside some of Vermont's best. James is a dedicated father of four, hunter and outdoorsman as well as a former naval officer. He's someone who wants fair wages and taxes, quality education and tech training, safe water, air and soil, healthcare for all, and jobs that protect the environment. That's why he's running for governor of Vermont in 2018 and that's why I'm supporting him as a volunteer on his campaign. Activism is not easy and even less so with two young children but they are why I am as involved as I am. I want something left for them and hopefully something a lot better than what we have now. So please do what you can. Stay informed, write letters, send emails, make phone calls, attend events, volunteer on campaigns. You certainly don't have to do it all, no one can. But if we each do something we can be the change.

— Kristin Mack



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