Letter: Time for millennials to take action

Dear Millennials: What can we do today?

Millennials, it’s time to be mindful. Recently, Obamacare was repealed and replaced in the House of Representatives. As never before, the individual states and insurance companies will decide your health care options, and the threat of being denied coverage for pre-existing conditions looms while the Senate decides what to make of it.

As a millennial, health care is only one of many issues which concerns our generation, which constitutes over one fourth of the U.S. population.

We can no longer take for granted the rights and humanity we’ve enjoyed throughout our lives. We are a generation of compassionate, productive, environmentally-conscious people. We hustle. We are overworked and underpaid, but we are resourceful. We’ve had to be resourceful in order to start our careers and families.

Today in the Oval Office sits a man who puts personal profit before the people he was sworn in to serve. Our health care, employment, environment, global relations and more are under attack by a president who favors the advantaged top 1 percent and those from whom he can make a dollar.

Our generation needs to bring together our skills, minds, and hearts to build communities and maintain this country free from tyrannical impulses.

How do we do this? Start by attending your local town halls. Telephone your lawmakers and ask crucial questions about policies that affect our livelihoods. Let us show up, speak out, unite and resist. We must take these actions to maintain our democracy.

Christina Arceo

West Branch

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