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Dear Editor:

On March 1, Delta County Democrats, like all members of the party in the state who affiliated by the Jan. 4 deadline, will hold neighborhood precinct caucuses. The caucuses begin promptly by 7 p.m., but in this year of high interest I would urge all attendees to arrive at 6 p.m. when the doors open. I would especially ask all Democrats who have heard, understood and agreed with the message of transformational candidate Senator Bernie Sanders to caucus for him. This is as simple as standing together, or raising your hand with other Bernie supporters when the presidential preference poll is taken early in the caucus evening. If you are a Democrat and you support Bernie, this is the moment when your hopes turn to actions; when you caucus for him. This is your first vote in the process.

And if you are undecided why should you support Bernie rather than Hillary Clinton? I would urge you to look at what Bernie has done and stood for consistently over his long political life. While Mrs. Clinton is a very qualified candidate, Bernie is much more than that. He is a transformational figure who has brought millions of disaffected, unrepresented citizens back into the political process. He has brought us together for this moment.

Despite all of the Internet memes, negative and positive, Bernie has promised us only that he will lead us as we all come together and move into the future and make America a more thoughtful and economically just place. If you don't plan to stand together after the caucus, and after the nomination, and after the election, Bernie can accomplish nothing. All of the agenda points are just talk without our individual long-term commitments to action. This is a movement that dreams big and aims high.

Don't settle for less. Please caucus for Bernie Sanders on March 1. Thank you for caring.

Thomas Wills
Hotchkiss

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