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Reader's View: Feeling left out by election? Get involved

Did the recent campaign and election leave you feeling like an outsider? Now is the time to step back in. Follow five simple steps. One, inquire. The root of politics lies with the people not the parties. Discuss your concerns openly, not just in...

Did the recent campaign and election leave you feeling like an outsider? Now is the time to step back in. Follow five simple steps.

One, inquire. The root of politics lies with the people not the parties. Discuss your concerns openly, not just in closed circles. Question government decisions and policies. Demand responses from elected officials.

Two, invite. Reach out to others with differing opinions. Broaden your contacts. Bring a friend or neighbor to a rally or meeting. Politics definitely belongs in polite conversation. Civil discourse is the backbone of democracy.

Three, inform. Follow political news daily from a wide variety of sources. Read the newspaper and periodicals. Visit the library. Promote literacy by teaching others to read. Explore the websites of local, state, and federal offices.

Four, involve yourself and others. Volunteer with a group like the YMCA. Contact Community Action Duluth. Become a mentor. Join a civic organization. Promote voter registration. Become an election poll worker. Sign up to join a citizen advisory board in your community. Run for office or work on a campaign.

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And, five, influence. Let your voice be heard. Write or call your state and federal senators and representatives. Join an advocacy group. Their names evoke active involvement. They include Knock on Every Door, Indivisible, Organizing for Action, and Our Revolution.

It's time to step up and step in.

David Termuhlen

Duluth

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