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Exercise Your Freedom to Vote

Editor, News-Register:

The exception does not make the rule.

It’s about 6:30 on a cool July morning. I’ve been sitting on my porch since about 3:30 troubled and not able to sleep.

I’m writing after having spent that time reading my Bible and praying and ruminating.

Forty-nine years ago today I was on a U.S. Navy destroyer off the coast of Vietnam. My specific duty at the time was as the trigger man for our ship’s guns. We shot thousands of rounds inland and in return were fired upon multiple times.

It was very hot.

On 25 August 1969, I went to boot camp. I was seventeen, not old enough to vote. I served until 24 August 1973.

Over the intervening years, I have gained perspective on those four years, and have become quite perplexed concerning my fellow citizens.

I am eternally grateful that my combat experience was as limited as it was, knowing that thousands and thousands have experienced far worse and far too many made the ultimate sacrifice.

What perplexes and confounds me is, in light of this sacrifice, how my fellow citizens are not willing to sacrifice a few hours every two years to vote at their local precinct on election day.

It simply makes no sense to me.

How is what you are doing on election day so much more important than voting?

You enjoy the freedom to vote because of the sacrifice of millions.

Is it too much to ask you to sacrifice a few hours?

For those reading this, before taking a shot at me, go back and read the first sentence of this letter.

p.s. They still ask for my photo ID to buy beer.

Worthy Paul




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