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Letter: Sitting on the sidelines is no longer an option

Sitting on the sidelines is no longer an option

I’m writing in response to comments about sore losers and suggestions that we need to get over it. By this stage in life, I’ve had to acquiesce to many things. Sometimes you win; sometimes you lose. Being a sore loser is not what resistance to the presidential election results is about.

I vote in every election – local to federal. My immigrant father and my first-generation American mother taught us that casting our vote was our civic duty. With only formal grade school educations, they believed that voting was a great honor.

I’ve always voted along non-party lines, looking to the best candidate. I’ve always accepted the outcome of an election but this time is different. I’m a retired grandmother who didn’t participate in activism in the ’60s. But now is not the time to be quiet. Sitting on the sidelines is not an option in this pivotal moment in history.

I’m truly afraid of President Trump’s incompetency and the fearmongering and divisiveness he promotes. This Orwellian presidency is making what we read as fiction many years ago become reality.

My deep fear for our country and our planet has made it necessary for me to become more active and less accepting. It has nothing to do with being a sore loser. It has everything to do with the dysfunction of this administration and with what may be left of our way of life by the time it ends. It has everything to do with what my grandchildren and future generations may be left to face.

Arlene Grasso

West Seneca

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