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Vote or Stay Quiet

Become an informed citizen, and vote.

Two weeks from today, Gwinnett . There are four candidates vying for the position as chairman. The candidates in alphabetical order by last name are: . This will be the only mention of these candidates in this column.

Absentee voting began Feb. 14 and advance voting begins March 7. The hours to vote will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Election Day, March 15, the polls will be open at your voting precinct from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. With , the next chairman will face many tough decisions.

Across the nation, governments -- local, state, and federal -- are facing tough questions that require answers. One major question that must be answered is what the citizens are expecting from their government. In every part of the nation and in this county there are people who believe that government should provide every whim and wish in order to make their life comfortable.

During good economic times, the temptation is to supply the wishes and desires of all the citizens. The feeling is that a happy citizen will support the officeholders who are meeting their expressed and felt needs. It is reported that a humorist of another generation, Will Rogers, once said, “Politics is like the weather, everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything about it.”

In the political world we can hear lots of talk. Politicians, citizens, business leaders, media, pundits and political consultants talk. With all the talking going on, one would soon discover that only a few are listening to what is being said. I have observed that when listening to politicians long enough one can determine what they really do mean when they talk. Some people dismiss all political talk as dishonest or as some would say, “All politicians lie.” I believe that when you listen long enough you will hear them tell the truth about their positions on the issues.

The real issue is not honesty, but the awareness and interest of the voters. Have you attended ? Have you talked personally with the candidates during this campaign? Have you voted, or do you plan to vote?

I have a friend who says, “If you do not vote you are part of the problem, and have forfeited the right to have a say in the way government functions.” Whatever you do, become informed and vote in this special election. From where I stand the future of our county government depends upon the voters.

Cathy McDonald March 03, 2011 at 03:03 AM
You are so right. It is so important for our citizens to be informed. When we refuse to vote, we are part of the problem. When we vote without being informed, we are a bigger problem. It takes time and commitment to be an educated voter with a pretty good idea what the candidates stand for.

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