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Section A: General News


Editorial: Time to make some important decisions about voting




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October 17, 2012 | 1,715 views | 29 comments

In some states, early voting for the General Election already is well under way, but a lot can happen between now and Nov. 6.

That is one of the negatives for having so much time to vote. Absentee voting began as a convenience, allowing an early vote only if you had a good reason. Now, voting early is allowed, and even encouraged, in most circles.

My theory about those who vote early is that either they have already made up their minds, and facts will not change their decision; they are voting for the party, regardless of the candidate; or they really don’t have a clue and are waiting for a “sign” to help them make up their mind.

As an avowed political junkie, it’s hard for me to accept that people “don’t have a clue.” But then, I look back at my own evolution, as I began my voting career without a clue. For those who may have read my story before, feel free to skip this next part.

As the Nov. 6 General Election draws near, I am reminded of my early votes. I particularly remember what I believe was my first time to be voting. I had no clue about politics, but I needed to “exercise my right” to vote. As a newlywed, I asked my husband. He said it was easy. You just pull the lever that says Democrat.

And so I did. I don’t recall now who that presidential candidate was, and I quite probably didn’t know at the time either. It makes me cringe, but I was more interested in the social scene than in politics, so I accept that some do not know for whom they are voting or why.

Looking back, I see how wasteful and irresponsible it was for me to throw my vote away without knowing or caring. Now, I think it’s downright shameful that Americans take their right to vote so lightly.

For some, much more thought goes into choosing what to wear to the poll or what to eat for dinner than who to vote for. Others, of course, are absolutely convinced about who will get their vote. They will vote Democrat because “that’s how Daddy used to vote, bless his soul.” Or they vote Republican for the same reason.

I’m a firm believer now that, if you don’t know what’s going on, don’t bother to show up at the polls. I realize that I may be excoriated for this, but it won’t be the first time.

When it comes to local elections, voting decisions often are based on who’s related to whom. Locally, it’s long been the tradition that blood is the qualifier. That, and who promises to give you a job or some other perk. Come to think of it, that’s not much different from national politics. Perhaps that is what is meant by “all politics is local.”

There is an opportunity, though, to meet and greet the local candidates this Thursday at a Candidate Forum sponsored by Texans for a Constitutional Government and the Wilson County News. All local candidates have been invited to participate in the forum and interact with the public from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the American Legion Hall, 1412 Fourth Street in Floresville.

If you find yourself unsure about whom to vote for, at least this will be a start. If you have questions, this will give you an opportunity to seek answers.

Don’t let yourself be used by politicians, because that is what they will do if they can get away with it.
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
October 23, 2012 7:12am
 
Environmental crazies and NIMBYs. Two of a kind and both bad for business and jobs.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
October 22, 2012 10:12am
 
Yep, shut down the oil field convoys and let gasoline continue to go higher. Sounds like a sound economic plan. Wait, that's the Obama agenda.

 
Russell Dickerson  
Floresville, TX  
October 22, 2012 8:32am
 
I want to know what the Sheriff candidates plan to do about these oil-field convoys. This garbage has got to stop. Just having DPS run stops isn't enough. I want them inspected until they re-route through someone else's county.

 
just wondering  
floresville  
October 22, 2012 6:26am
 
We also need a change at the Sheriff's position. Tackitt maybe a good man, but we need a person with Burchell's experience. This small county would benefit greatly from someone like Burchell.

 
THE TRUTH  
Floresville  
October 21, 2012 9:37pm
 
Obama will win and put this country in further chaos,I din't vote for him 4 years ago and I won't vote for him,but he will win.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
October 21, 2012 6:11am
 
Thank you lord. Alvin has been reborn.

 
Alvin Charmaine  
October 20, 2012 8:38pm
 
Prairie I have no strong opinion on the presidential race. I think both candidates are going to manage our affairs identically when its all said and done.

 
Eric  
Floresville  
October 19, 2012 7:54pm
 
My prediction for Floresville mayor election : At least 2 lawsuits City council election at least 3 lawsuits There will be rioting in the streets and looters will be ransacking downtown.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
October 19, 2012 10:54am
 
CHIP MONKS....... ALVIN !!!!!!

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
October 19, 2012 6:01am
 
Alvin ! I thought you would have contributed your prediction by now...Strange, no democrats or Obama supporters have come forward.....

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