What a great Jan. 12 opinion piece by Sam Daley-Harris, Don’t despair, confront community challenges, in which he points out the power each individual possesses to make a difference in the world.
I myself was a “reluctant activist,” never wanting to draw attention to myself or rock the boat. Through the insistence of a friend, I attended a Results meeting where I wrote my first letter to the editor — it was published the next day. I also wrote my first letter to my congressman and was thrilled to get a response.
I have had many letters published since then and many visits and correspondence to my congressperson over the years, but that feeling of empowerment that Daley-Harris describes never diminishes.
If we are not satisfied with our government or just want to do our small part in making the world a better place, we Americans enjoy the luxury and privilege of having the freedom to express ourselves without repercussion.
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You don’t need to join an organization or donate large sums of money. Just pick up your pen, go to your computer or make a phone call. It’s liberating — try it.
Laurie Suarez, Miami