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Reader Opinion: Save our democracy

If we want to save democracy and get our government to work for us again, it’s up to each one of us to do our homework and research, ask all candidates the tough questions and support those who will work for and by all of the people, no matter what political stripes we wear.

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I hear many folks concerned about our democracy being at risk of surviving the current political climate. I also hear lots of people asking why our elected officials, especially from our state and national governments, can not get anything done for the betterment of all of us? It is imperative that we educate ourselves and ask questions of all candidates in order to have the best people governing for us. We need to elect people, no matter which party or group they represent, who will work for the people, by the people and of the people.

Sen. Carrie Ruud did just that. She had an illustrious and award winning legislative career by demonstrating honesty, integrity, compassion, dedication, respectfulness, hard work, bipartisanship and so much more. Usually an incumbent legislator supports their incumbent teammate when that teammate has a primary opponent. I found it very interesting that Senator Ruud was walking in the Fourth of July parades with the incumbent's primary opponent. That is why I asked her why? What I found out was both disappointing and shameful. You too should ask Senator Ruud about this.

If we want to save democracy and get our government to work for us again, it’s up to each one of us to do our homework and research, ask all candidates the tough questions and support those who will work for and by all of the people, no matter what political stripes we wear. Thank you senator for your courage. Doing the right thing is never wrong.

John Ward

Baxter

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