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Letter to the editor: Dismayed

To the editor:

Throughout my childhood I was reminded by my grandfather (a retired Navy veteran) that one of the most important freedoms we have as an American citizen is the right to vote. Citizens have fought long and hard for that right and it is not to be taken lightly. Also that we should not complain about the laws we are required to follow unless we are willing to vote.

So I am totally dismayed when I see that one person can overturn a majority vote of the people without anything being done in protest. There is a process in place for laws to be changed. Signatures are required, potential changes are placed on a ballot and votes are to be counted. Changes to our laws require a majority vote by the people who will be governed by those laws. What allows one person to change that process? What happened to our democracy?

What laws will they change next? The right to bear arms, the right to due process, the right to peaceably assemble, the right to vote?

Does my vote even mean anything today?

Nancy Williams

The Dalles

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