I really can't tell you why in the last 12 months, I became venomous about Maryland politicians. I've voted for each one of the incumbents on my ballot, and I would like to rescind my vote but I don't know why. Maybe it is because I decided to never vote again unless the Supreme Court was fired and all elected officials were boxed into limited terms. Even the ones I have loved and admired.
And then last October, I received an email from a young lady in the neighborhood who was having a meet and greet for Del. Heather Mizeur. I had never heard of Delegate Mizeur, I don't even know how they got my address but my partner ("straight" for those who don't understand the term, "partner") and I decided to go for the hell of it.
What we walked into was a warm home full of warm people — LGBT, African-Americans, Caucasians, old, young, straight, yellow, red and blue, you get the gist.
And then Heather Mizeur.
I have tears thinking about this young woman and her convictions of what Maryland needs to do to be number one. Her thoughts, ideas and plans for education, the environment and equality are what I had hoped would have been accomplished by now since my youthful years in the 1960s. Her views are called progressive, and they are. They are enlightening, advanced, tolerant, broad-minded and open-minded. They are for all Marylanders who care about our children, our seniors (including me), the health of all citizens and our natural resources, our choice for family planning and our life's end.
I, a Mizeur supporter, will allow others to have their guns under the regulations required by law, but they'll need to understand that I want equality for all. There is no reason why I have to re-witness the civil rights movement for LGBT in the 21st century. There is no reason this should be discussed. It should have been a done deal a long time ago. I want choice. I want to choose everything that concerns my personal life without some moronic group taking time away from their own family or a charity or volunteerism to crack on something that is none of their business.
I don't want to think monstrosities about Ms. Mizeur's opponents. They have done some good for Maryland in their time of service. But if I am ever to vote again, I will rescind the votes of the past and call this my first and only vote — one for Heather Mizeur to lead the way for all of us, Republicans, Democrats, independents (and Libertarians, Green Party, etc.). For seniors, the LGBT community, all races and religions. For our environment. For all our children.
Count me in, Heather. And thank you for taking the time and energy to face these voters of Maryland in a campaign loaded with cash to thwart your efforts. And to all Marylanders who read this, do not think I am too progressive, for there is no such thing. You be the judge, as I was, to make a decision that you will not wish to rescind one day.
Dottie O'Neill, Baltimore-
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