I have heard so many people over the years state that their one vote doesn't really make any difference and that politics are a big waste of time.
I have to admit I have not voted at every single opportunity. But I now would recommend voting in every election, because the privilege to vote is worth any "bother" it might require.
With the stresses and strife increasing in the local and national political scene, it is critical that people get involved. This spring I participated in our county caucus and later on was a delegate to the district and the state conventions. I was grateful to see firsthand that a common citizen such as me could be accepted in the process that I had only just heard about before.
Please exercise your freedom and liberty on Aug. 7 by voting in our primary election.
Rebecca Miller is a Columbia resident. Questions? Contact Opinion editor Elizabeth Conner.