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by Jessica Ehlers, January 11, 2012
I just signed the little man up for T-ball. I am going to be a T-ball mom. How radical is that? Yes, well it is what it is. My 19 year old anarchist self would probably see me now as a total middle-American sell-out. I am glad I am not 19 anymore. Believe me, I will bring my my punk rock spirit to the T-ball games and it will be awesome. Maybe I will even find a ghetto blaster to blare the Pixies at practice. You just never know.
In other news, I want to do my part in making a case for getting involved in the political process. The time is now folks. I know some of you are not registered to vote and you know “it’s rigged” and all of that. I totally understand. But the point is, you can’t vote in local elections if you’re not registered to vote and We Need Your Votes. Here, locally.
Our kids need good schools, with teachers who make enough to stay at their jobs. Local people need services for housing, mental health, healthcare across the board, and yes, a feeling of abundance. Where are these things? Where is that feeling of abundance?
I feel it here in our community. At the grocery store, the Post Office, and more and more on the street. It is almost like the worse the economy gets, the more we band together. This is my humble plug to band together even more so. I don’t have a list of phone numbers and set groups to attend here, and I am sorry for that. But I do know that by registering to vote, you have the opportunity to make your voice heard. Even if you don’t believe at the Federal Level anyone is listening, the votes you cast here in Mendocino County affect those who live here. If you don’t vote, you are not having the opportunity to have your opinion counted.
Many people don’t even have the right to vote. Argue with me about the efficacy but still register to vote. As a favor to me. As a favor to the kids who have tattered books. As a favor to the homeless families.
Also, let’s remember the man who had a dream.
He wasn’t afraid to say what he felt was right, to walk long hard roads and to inspire those around him to hold themselves to a higher standard. Thank you, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Also, he was a registered voter.