Editor: 

If you have not voted yet, and thank you to those who have, I would ask that you consider one, and only one, impact your vote could have.

Jacques Yves Cousteau said, “Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.” Under the Trump and Branstad/Reynolds administrations, regulation after regulation governing clean air and water have been rolled back. The Environmental Law Department of Harvard University has a “rollback tracker” on its website, where it lists 48 different environmental regulations that have been removed in favor of big business since 2016. These regulations covered everything from pipelines, to clean air, to endangered species.

The economy will rise and fall, much of it due to supply and demand. Jobs will come and go, wars will be fought, and societies will change in the span of a few decades. Skies filled with carbon dioxide, waters polluted with chemicals, and species that disappear before we know they exist are tragedies that will take centuries to correct.

If you want to prioritize the issues before us this election day, please consider voting for our environment; it may be a vote that will have an impact on our country 100 years from now; vote for the Democratic Party.

“We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment.” Margaret Mead said.

Go Green, Vote Blue!

Renne Lietz

Delmar