Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

June 7, 2014

Letters to the Editor: 06/07/2014

Find a solution

Sunday I heard a powerful sermon and there was one line in particular that struck a chord with me. The pastor said, “Many citizens today enjoy the fruits of freedom without having to tend to the tree of liberty.”

There was a May 4 Record-Eagle article headlined “Candidates have mixed voting records” that frustrated me as a veteran and many of my veteran friends.

Voting gets a bit “tricky,” one could say, when in the military, especially overseas in a war zone. We as civilians ask a lot of our servicemen and women without even realizing it. So why do we make it so challenging for them to vote?

Politicians or aspiring politicians can hang their hat on a consistent voting record, perhaps getting a fuzzy feeling of fulfilling a “patriotic duty” while thousands of men and women put their lives on the line every day and do not have simple access to exercise their right to vote.

I am not saying I have the answer. We as citizens and our elected officials should come together and find a solution to this problem.

Blair Bell

Traverse City

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