Just because there is no Presidential election in 2013 does not mean that important issues are not at stake. Currently, the Dutchess County Legislature is proposing a $184 million jail expansion, which would add to our system’s over-dependence on incarceration. In recent years, the Legislature put money toward a new toxic waste site while slashing funds from programs that support domestic violence survivors and at-risk youth.
These issues are important, and the Vassar community has a role to play with them. We are more than neighbors to Poughkeepsie; we are part of it. As residents, the Vassar community has a responsibility to contribute to the debates held and decisions made in the Poughkeepsie aea.
Vassar students can make a real difference by registering here in Poughkeepsie and voting this November. Students can register to vote through the Dutchess County Board of Elections or at turbovote.org.
—Angela Mentel ’16