How much do you cherish your voting rights? Would you travel to another country to secure free elections? Would you seek citizenship in a foreign land so that you had a say in the governance of your child’s school?

Puente, the incredible social services agency that helps South Coast residents with food when they are hungry, with employment for those out of work, or with housing after a devastating fire, recently celebrated three local green card holders it shepherded through the citizenship process. It helped with the applications, then with study materials for the civics test, even connecting the applicants with volunteer tutors.

Clay Lambert is the editorial director for Coastside News Group. After years working at regional daily newspapers, he began as editor of the Half Moon Bay Review in 2004.

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