The voting primary is Aug. 5. That doesn't mean a lot to some people, so I want to suggest that they think a little more about it and actually vote.
In many countries, the voting system is rife with fraud. In this country, fraud and abuse are almost nonexistent. We have the right and privilege to vote, and yet, astoundingly, only about 60 percent do so.
Some states are making it more difficult to vote, but In this state we can vote by mail. How lucky can we get? It is so easy, let's take advantage of that.
There was a cartoon in the Tri-City Herald recently that showed a scale balancing money and votes against each other, and the votes won -- hurray!
Countless men and women have died defending our right to vote, so think of it as honoring those who gave their lives. Many examples have been given about how many times just a few votes made all the difference in the results of a race. This is particularly true in local races. Candidates need your votes.
Step 1: Register to vote. Step 2: Educate yourself. Take time to attend candidate forums, read what they believe, what they think is needed in our city, county, state or country. The Tri-City Herald website, tricityherald.com, can help. Vote411 is another site well worth going to for information. Step 3: Mark your ballot and sent it in. Our country will be stronger for it.
GINGER VETRANO, Kennewick