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Letter: Why I’m voting


Monday, November 05, 2018

It’s that time again – the midterms that don’t determine half of my semester grade. I write these words from a college dorm, far from the life I had last year, and I am faced with the great question. Will I cast a ballot? And if so, for blue, red or something in between?

Through all my years of high school, I never thought this decision would be so easy. This year I’m voting, and the reason is quite simple. I’m voting for my sister – a sophomore in high school who I never want to have to worry about someone bringing a gun into her cafeteria. I’m voting for her classmates, the ones she loves and the ones she can’t stand. I’m voting for her children and their children, not just so that they can live without our fear, but so that their parents can live long enough to have them. I’m voting for the history books and the hospitals – neither of which are safe in our state. I’m voting to put the common sense back in legislation.

I’m voting for the voiceless, for my sister, for Luke Hoyer and Jaime Guttenberg, Joaquin Oliver, Alaina Petty and Meadow Pollack. For Helena Ramsay, Alex Schachter, Cara Loughran, Gina Montalto and Carmen Schentrup. For Peter Wang, Alyssa Alhadeff, Martin Anguiano, Nicholas Dworet, Scott Beigel, Chris Hixon and for Aaron Feis.

This November, I’m voting to not only override the veto, but to replace the veto himself.

COOPER KIMBALL-RHINES

Hopkinton