I hear from more and more people these days, "I'm not going to vote."
I've also heard, "I've never voted."
That's not only sad, it's pathetic.
Please don't misunderstand, I'm not in favor of a bunch of voters who have no idea for whom or what they are casting their ballots pouring out to the polls to muck up the process - although I would regrettably defend their right to ignorantly pull the lever.
As a legal American citizen, or legal voting age, it is your right to vote your conscience.
As a matter of fact, it's not only your right, it's your responsibility to participate in this privileged process.
Men have died in foreign lands to protect that very right.
My brother-in-law stood guard at the polls in Iraq when the people of the country had their first opportunity in more than three decades to vote for new leadership in their country. He listened to one voter, proudly displaying their purple finger indicating they had voted, say they were willing to risk death to be heard. After being ruled by a dictator for 35 years, they couldn't explain the joy they felt in the gesture.
In some African countries, people journey by foot for days to vote.
Yet here in America, we sit on our couches, and don't want to miss Wheel of Fortune, so we pass on the opportunity to be heard.
Perhaps even more frustrating are those who sit around and complain after not bothering to vote.
I don't care who you vote for. I hope you take the time to learn about the candidate choices and the options available to you. We at the paper have done our best to provide you with information to help you make an informed decision based on your philosophical beliefs. Then take the time, on Tuesday, to visit the polls and be heard.
This is a tremendously important election for both major political parties. Every vote matters. Don't miss your chance to make a difference.