Editor’s Letter 11/5

Photo courtesy of NBC10 Philadelphia

Photo courtesy of NBC10 Philadelphia

Dear Readers,

Welcome to our special 11/4 election edition!

As many of you may know the mid-term elections are now upon us and will be taking place on November 8. To coincide with this, we decided to run a short refresh focused on the elections.

These are the most important mid-term elections in decades and it seems that there will be record voter turnout according to early predictions. 

Many key issues lie in the balance, especially in PA. Climate change, abortion rights, fracking, inflation, and even democracy itself are on the ballot.

With that in mind, I urge you all to vote. Regardless of political affiliation, elections are becoming more important than ever and every voice must be heard in a functioning democracy.

I know it’s easy to feel jaded and not want to think about politics. These are issues that affect our everyday lives, so it’s important to have these uncomfortable conversations with ourselves and others.

Your vote is not wasted even if you vote for a losing candidate. In states like PA where elections are highly competitive every vote counts. 

The Lehigh Valley specifically is key for election turnout. In the last 26 presidential elections, Northampton County has only chosen the losing candidate three times. Furthermore, a total of just 80,000 votes across key states such as Pennsylvania and Arizona kept Hillary Clinton from taking the Oval Office in 2016. To put that into perspective, Northampton County has nearly four times as many people as that.

PA is a major swing state in elections and when just a few thousand votes can turn the tide in a state of 12 million people, every single vote counts.

Before I sign off: if you’re interested in joining The Comenian please join us at our meetings, which take place every Wednesday at 5 pm in Zinzendorf Hall, room 100. 

We are looking for new writers, photographers, videographers, graphic designers, and more, so if any of those interests you be sure to stop by or email me at [email protected] 

The Comenian supports a wide range of content, so if you want to interview students around campus, you can. If you want to make video essays you can. If you want to make short comics, you can. Whether you want to write about news, politics, music, movies, sports, video games, food, history, or anything else, I guarantee you will have a place here.

Also, if you would like to be notified by email whenever we publish a new edition of the paper – either the online or print version – please send your address to [email protected] We’ll add you to our email list!

Thank you for reading this week’s refresh. I hope you come back soon as we continue to publish new content every other week. 

And don’t forget to vote on Tuesday!

Your editor-in-chief,

AJ