“A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.”- Neil Gaiman
My name is D’azariah Holley, and I am 7 years old. I exercise my mind by reading books because it helps me think more. Also, reading is fun. Even though I read lots of books, my favorite book I enjoy reading is “McDuff Moves In.” This story is about a little white dog nobody wanted, and he ran away from a dogcatcher’s truck. He went looking for a new home. My favorite part is when McDuff finally found love from a new family. We all need love.
Other kids should choose this book to read because this dog will melt their hearts. For those kids who do not like to read, shame on you! Do not miss out on learning new things, so pick up a book and READ.
“McDuff Moves In” is written by Rosemary Wells.
To my colleagues and community leaders, it is our responsibility to get the message out to the people on why we must vote. We must remind them at every opportunity why their vote matters. People matter. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. What matters to me is that our country is in a constitutional crisis. Our democracy is being threatened and trampled upon every day. Your vote matters.
In my humble opinion, we must vote because our lives and our country are at stake. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reminds us that voting is the foundation stone for political action. People fought and died for us to have the right and opportunity to cast our vote.
We must, and I beg you to go vote, to ensure our American values, affordable health care, affordable housing, educational opportunities, safe communities home and abroad, climate change conversations, protect the constitution of the United States, which guarantees justice and liberty for all not some, support funding for mental health and job training, reform our criminal justice system, gun control, environmental protection, water quality and clean air, and immigration reform, stop voter suppression.
Whenever there is an Election Day, a day that should make every American proud. We can make our voices heard and celebrate a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Our Democracy needs an active, engaged, educated population. Civic engagement is key. You can vote right, left, or center, just as long as you vote.
We must get out and vote to elect people who will end the divisiveness of the country. Vote to ensure your children’s future in America. Vote to stop a country from buying more bombs and bullets than books. Vote to bring America together again. Vote for leadership and kindship.
Vote for racial healing. Our lives are depending on your vote.
In conclusion, there must be a concerted effort on the part of African American leaders to arouse our people from the apathetic indifference. In the past, apathy was a moral failure.
Today, it is a form of moral political suicide (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.). I leave you with this, “You’ve got to vote, vote, vote, vote. That’s the way we move forward. That’s how we make progress for ourselves and for our country” (Michelle Obama). Speak for yourself. Register to vote, and when the time comes, go vote. Let’s move forward. Not voting moves this country backwards.
This is the opinion solely of Johnny W. Streets, Jr. and not associated with the government of the City of Fort Myers.