Brookhaven, GA, March 30, 2017 – Letter to the Editor by Alisa Hamilton – I woke up on November 9, 2016 with a knot in my stomach and a new anxiety about the world that I will be leaving for my two daughters, ages eight and ten. After a while, that anxiety turned to guilt. Sure, I had voted in the election, but that was all I had done. Clearly that wasn’t enough anymore.
What had happened to my country? To me? Well, I know what happened to me – I got comfortable in my privilege, and I sat quietly. I voted and thought the rest would take care of itself. Well it didn’t.
So, in the District 6 Special Election, I am not just voting for Jon Ossoff. I am volunteering. I am posting. I am canvassing. I am getting out of my comfort zone and finding my voice again.
Why Jon? It would be easy to say because he’s anti-Trump, but that’s not enough. Being anti-anything is not going to earn my vote let alone my energy.
I’m supporting Jon because he fights for those who cannot fight for themselves. His documentaries have shed light on topics that others don’t see let alone care about. He understands that facts exist, and he seeks them out. I am a sociologist by training and a researcher by craft. I know that the key to finding the truth is to ask difficult questions, and Jon does that.
I want someone like Jon in Washington who is going to ask the questions that we all should be asking:
- Why can’t we lower our emissions and create more jobs?
- How can we support law enforcement officers and flush out those few who wield their badge like a weapon?
- Why do we spend so much more on healthcare that tries to treat diseases rather than prevent them?
- When will we make access to contraception as easy to access as we’ve made abortions difficult to find?
- Why should we cut spending on free and reduced lunch programs when both the overwhelming evidence and common sense tell us that hungry kids have difficulty learning?
- How can we make healthcare affordable and accessible?
There are solutions to the issues that plague us, but our elected officials seem more concerned with keeping their jobs than asking these questions. Instead, they pontificate based on their limited world view, while the country suffers. We need someone who is going to shine a light on these issues and ask the tough questions.
As for me, I need to look into my daughters’ eyes each night and know that I’ve done everything I can to leave this world a better place for them. That’s why I’m not just voting for Jon. I’m giving him all the effort I can muster.
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