.Letters to the Editor: For the People

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For the People

For far too long, inequity has corrupted our democracy. It is time for all Americans to stand up and demand an expansion of voting rights, limits to big money in politics and accountability by ending gerrymandering. This is why I support the For The People Act, also known as H.R. 1.

The For The People Act was recently reintroduced in the House of Representatives as a sweeping bill that provides for reform in our electoral process; including redistricting, ethics reform, campaign finance and voting rights. For the last two years, Mitch McConnell blocked a vote on H.R. 1 in the Senate.

We need a government that’s fair—where representatives listen to their constituents. The For the People Act would help make that a reality. I believe it’s crucial to restore accountability in our democracy. I support this bill because it would provide much-needed democracy reform.

Now is the time to reshape our democracy into one that is truly of, for and by the people. That is why I’m asking my fellow citizens to contact their representatives and demand they vote “Yes” on the For The People Act.

Tracey Turner, Marin County

Sonnet Bloom

There is a THING out there

a thing you don’t want to bring home

so you stay in place

and erase your face

with a mask and a flask

you zoom till you fume

quickstep from room to room

waltz with a broom

You wish “it” would bloom

into healthy flesh and blood,

a flood of emotions

oceans of devotions,

so you can touch like it’s 1999

and dance like it’s 1959

Selena Anne Shephard, Marin County

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