Letter: Don’t stay home home this election season; cast your ballot

From: Jean Marr Wilkins


Over 45 years ago I made the dumbest mistake of my life: I didn’t vote.

In 1968 the person I favored didn’t get the nomination for president, so I stayed home on Election Day. A lot of other young people did the same thing. The results of that election: Richard Nixon became president, the war in Vietnam went on for six more years and the revelations of Watergate rocked the nation.

This is an imperfect world, and failure to acknowledge the need for principled compromise can only make things worse. Presented with a ballot, consult your conscience and make what you think is the better choice, even if that is the least bad choice.

This November, do what I didn’t do in 1968. Your duty. Vote.