To the editor:
You might have seen my name at the bottom of some letters to the editor. If you’re sick of hearing my views, why not write and share yours?
I started writing about two months ago because I wanted to join a conversation with other thoughtful people who might not think like me. I thought that conversation would make us both better-informed, more tolerant of each other’s views, and lead to common ground. What I found was only a handful of people write most of the letters. Most people seem to be hiding their opinions. We need to bridge our differences, not hide them under the rug.
Writing a letter takes a little time, but it’s worth it. You’ll clarify your beliefs for yourself and enlighten others. Representatives notice when constituents care enough to write. Together, we can change hearts and minds.
Once we get past statues and Russia we’ll still have very hard problems to solve and divisions to heal. The media, congress, state governments, and the Executive Branch don’t seem to be working properly right now, but that’s not fatal. We still have the voice of the people. Through our shared love of this country and respect for each other we can guide our institutions back from the edge.
Take a minute to share your opinion about an issue you care about. Keep it short. If the president can make policy with 140 characters, think what you could do with 200 to 300 words! Our country needs as many well-informed, reasonable voices as she can muster right now.
It’s time for you to join the conversation!