Words fail me when I think about the violence that occurred this weekend. Mayor Rothschild managed to sum up how I felt in his comments at the Jewish Community Center on Monday night. Here is a part of what he said:
After the assassination of President Kennedy, President Johnson urged the nation to “turn away from the apostles of bitterness and bigotry … and those who pour venom into our nation’s bloodstream.”
The antidote to that venom is communal action. Reaching out and getting to know those we see as different from us — and working together toward common goals. The antidote is commitment — to living the principles this country was founded on. The antidote is voting, and being informed. The antidote is recognizing the humanity in each other.
We recognize the humanity in all the victims of all these shootings. May their memories be a blessing.
You can find his complete comments posted at the Tucson Sentinel. Thank you, Mr. Mayor.
Speaking of voting, I just wanted to remind all of you that Election Day is next Tuesday, November 6. By the time I send this out to you, it is too late to send in your vote by mail ballot, but you should be able to bring it to any polling place.
We want to make it easier for you to vote. To do that, the City of Tucson will offer free transit all day on Tuesday, November 6th, to make it easier for citizens to vote on Election Day. Everyone is welcome to ride Sun Tran, Sun Express, and the Sun Link streetcar for free. For Sun Van paratransit passengers, rides will also be free. Sun Shuttle and Sun Shuttle Dial-a-Ride are not participating in the Free-Ride Day, so those riders will pay the regular fare.
The Pima County Recorder has a list of IDs that will be accepted at polling places. They also have a way to look up your polling place. All of this can be found at recorder.pima.gov.
I wanted to close with a reminder about Medicare open enrollment. It can be a daunting process for people, but, as with many things in our community, it is a place where the Pima Council on Aging can help.
If you want to find out about your various insurance coverage options. PCOA’s Medicare department offers free one-on-one, no-biased, consultation in both English and Spanish discussing signing up for Medicare or changes to your current plan. Additionally, they offer various hour-long Medicare training sessions throughout the community. To get help with Medicare, call their helpline at (520) 546-2011.
Give them a call.
Thank you everyone, and remember to vote.