Letter: Like it or not, voting is one of our most sacred rights

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Locals cast their votes at the Fort Independence Community Center on Election Day.
Photo ET Rodriguez

To the Editor,

I take umbrage at the vitriol spewed in the letter to the editor “New York voters are just plain stupid.”

Yes, I am educated and know the meaning of the words I used. Also, I am not ignorant of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, the Constitution and its amendments. The famous and significant first phrase of the Preamble: “We the people of the United States” established popular sovereignty. In simple terms: We are the government. Voting is our most sacred right which determines who we want to represent us in government.

We have the centuries’ old tradition of a peaceful transfer of power.

We are a pluralistic society. As defined in Encyclopedia Britannia: “people of different social classes, religions, races, etc., [live] together but continue to have different traditions and interests.”

A citizen’s right to vote in free and open elections is the fundamental right in the United States. It took a long time before the franchise, the right to vote, was extended to all U.S. citizens, 18 year olds, men and women, regardless of race, ethnic background, religion and sexual orientation.

To defame a voter because they did not agree with you goes against our very American values.

Dorothy A. Krynicki

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