Letter to the Editor
Updated: Apr 29, 2021
To the Editor:
August 26, 2020 was the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th amendment – the woman’s suffrage amendment. With that, women – in 1920 – took the right to vote.
Some of us, through our parents and grandparents, were active players in the suffrage efforts that led the push for the amendment. So we are really hoping that every woman that can vote in this election does vote!! What a great way to show appreciation for those Suffrage Pioneers and their tireless efforts 100 years ago.
And one of us was teaching university students when pressures caused by the Viet Nam war got 18 year olds the right to vote. In Ohio, college students at Kent State died for this. At the time 18-21 year olds were drafted and sent to Viet Nam where they fought in life’s dangers. But had no vote. They had no way to even elect the politicians that were sending them into harm’s way. Young people, exercise your franchise – get out and vote!
For the rest of us, we might simply think about the privilege we have to vote—a
privilege that is denied to 100’s of millions in other countries. The time for thinkers has come.
This LTE was published in the Perrysburg Messenger Journal.