Reader feedback: Vote graciously

Re: Americans in Bratislava active in US elections, By Amanda Surbey and Hank Jones, Sep 6-12, Vol 10, No 34

I am delighted that my article has generated such a healthy debate. However, I simply remind readers that the goal of Republicans Abroad in Slovakia, as well as its sister Democrat organisation, is to encourage American citizens living in Slovakia to vote.

We exist to assist American citizens living abroad who wish to participate in the democratic process in their home states. Thus, I encourage everyone to take the steps necessary to ensure her or his opportunity to vote in the upcoming election.

The wonderful thing about a democracy is that we can choose our leaders - and that we can express opinions about them based in fact and fiction - without fear of retribution. Let's celebrate these freedoms together as Americans, and also continue to respect our right to disagree.

And let us also thank our wonderful Slovak hosts for the gracious opportunity to live and work amongst them, by behaving as good guests and keeping our political dialogue civil and humane.

Hank Jones,
Bratislava, Slovakia

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