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Letter: Citizens must get involved in the democratic process

Citizens must get involved in the democratic process

Something is terribly wrong when 1 percent of the population holds 99 percent of the wealth; when the middle class is being squeezed out of existence; when elections can be purchased by the highest bidders. We hear that government does not care about people at the grass-roots level. The worst thing that those of us who live our lives at the grass-roots level can do is to give up on the democratic process. In other words, if we want government to care about us, we have to care about the quality of our government.

How can we do that? The Erie County League of Women Voters has invited Zephyr Teachout to Buffalo to speak at a program titled “Money In Politics – How Can We Take Back Our Democracy?” Area activist groups, including Citizen Action, Clean Air Coalition, PUSH Buffalo, Western New York Peace Center, Partnership for the Public Good, Common Cause and NYSUT, are co-sponsors. Teachout is an expert in constitutional law and political corruption and was a candidate in the 2014 gubernatorial primary. The event will take place on Constitution Day, Sept. 17, at the WNED-TV studio. It is free and open to the public.

We have the numbers. We must have the will – to vote, to protect the integrity of the electoral process, to make sure that our elected officials are doing the jobs we entrust to them. The future of our children and grandchildren, as well as the survival of the American democratic republic, depends on us.

Barbara Rogers

Common Cause