On Tuesday we vote.
It sounds simple enough, but it is estimated that less than 15 percent of eligible voters will participate in the single individual right that has made the United States the envy of the world for almost 250 years. We get to choose our leaders, both great and small.
Some will not vote because locally, there are only a few contested races. Others will not be able to find time, because their day-to-day stressors and commitments seem to be more important than voting for someone they don’t know, doing a job they don’t understand.
Some just won’t care.
However, the thing to remember is we get the government we choose. The clerks, surveyors and coroners are what makes local governments tick. There are no million-dollar fund raisers for the sheriff’s office or county commissioner, but these are exactly the people you will most likely come in contact with when problems arise.
Issues concerning tax abatements, sewage treatment, water rates and road grading are issues that affect us every day and local government is where those issues are handled.
At the state and national level, we have some very interesting races, where the future of Indiana’s representation will be determined by who wins the upcoming primaries. Even within the individual parties, there are huge dichotomies of beliefs that could very well change the tenor and tone of how we are represented.
In November, all eyes will shift to the Presidential race. As a nation we will again be asked to choose. The direction of our economy, our defense, entitlements and even our national philosophy will come to a crossroad — and it appears clear that both parties have some seriously differing plans and objectives.
When the election cycle is over, and all the Super PACs, advertising dollars, baby kissing and photo opportunities have ended, it will come done to one person with one vote helping to decide what type of township, town, county, state and nation they want to live in.
It will be fairly easy to find one good reason to not vote on Tuesday and that is OK. However, either you can have the government you choose — or someone else chooses for you.
On Tuesday we vote.
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Daviess County talent runs deep
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He has a combined high school and college mark of 631-383 and is 427-234 at Oakland City in a career that covers 1987-1999 and 2003-2013.
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