Abingtony­host­ing Giv­ing Cam­paign Get in­volved to make democ­racy work

Public Spirit - - OPINION -

To the ed­i­tor:

The Abing­ton vMCA pro­vides a wide va­ri­ety of child and fam­ily ser­vices for com­mu­nity mem­bers. Es­pe­cially GuULnJ WKHVH GLI­fiFuOW HFRnRPLF times, our mis­sion is to en­sure that ev­ery­one has ac­cess to v pro­grams and ser­vices, re­gard­less of age, back­ground or in­come.

Once each year, the Abing­ton vMCA en­lists com­mu­nity as­sis­tance in its An­nual Giv­ing Cam­paign. Ev­ery dol­lar raised in the cam­paign goes di­rectly to sup­port­ing pro­grams and ac­tiv­i­ties right here in our com­mu­nity. We raise th­ese funds so we can keep our prom­ise that no one will be turned away from the v due to an in­abil­ity to pay.

vour con­tri­bu­tions sup­port be­fore-school and af­ter-school care for Abing­ton stu­dents, lead­er­ship and men­tor­ing pro- grams for teens, swim in­struc­tion, sum­mer day camps, Camp Magic for chil­dren with spe­cial needs and abil­i­ties, and spe­cial needs pro­grams.

Over the next sev­eral weeks, staff and vol­un­teers will be reach­ing out to the com­mu­nity for as­sis­tance. Please help us to sup­port the Abing­ton com­mu­nity by mail­ing your tax-de­ductible check, payable to Abing­ton vMCA, 1073 Old vork Road, Abing­ton, PA 19001.

To see the com­mu­nity and pro­grams in ac­tion, please stop by the Abing­ton vMCA for a tour. For more in­for­ma­tion, call us at 215-884-9622.

Thank you in ad­vance for your sup­port.

Sean El­liott group vice pres­i­dent Philadel­phia Free­dom Val­ley

vMCA Abing­ton Branch To the ed­i­tor:

Democ­racy is not some­thing that is given to us at birth. Democ­racy is about us hav­ing a say in our government, about be­ing able to elect rep­re­sen­ta­tives that ac­tu­ally “rep­re­sent” us, and even be­ing able to re­move them if they don’t. To keep any part of democ­racy we must make cer­tain that those who would shut our voices out are re­moved. Therein lies the chal­lenge.

Our po­lit­i­cal process is really un­der­stood in depth by a small frac­tion of Amer­i­cans you could di­vide into two groups: E1F Those who would use it to their ad­van­tage Ethe larger groupF and E2F Those who would exSRVH WKH DEuVHV RI WKH fiUVW group and change the sys­tem to pro­tect the pub­lic in­WHUHVW. GU­RuS 2 LV TuLWH WLny, be­cause it is used to be set upon ag­gres­sively by Group 1 to make it go away.

When you let the par­ties pick your can­di­dates and WKHUH LV nR fiHOG RI LnGHpen­dent chal­lengers, ei­ther from a va­ri­ety of par­ties or from the pub­lic at large, you al­low for only those who agree to “play by the rules” to rep­re­sent you. And those UuOHV DUH IUHTuHnWOy nRW Ln your in­ter­ests. In­for­ma­tion is withheld, twisted ex­pla­na­tions or out­right lies are of­fered by way of ex­pla­na­tion for in­con­gru­ous ac­tions, and in the mean­time, laws are made to fur­ther limit the pub­lic’s “in­tru­sion” into the

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