Slinging a smooth stone

Love IT, or hate IT; your vote is needed

by

C.F. David,

Editor

The Boise City News

Do you who live in District 2 like the way your roads are maintained?

County-wide what would make you happy regarding your representation in the U.S. Senate? Are you pro-or-anti-war; abortion; prayer in schools; gun control?

What would make you happy on how your court records are kept and maintained?

Did you; do you; have you ever; will you ever vote?

It makes no difference which side you might take on these or other issues; you need to vote, on July 27.

We can vote early on Friday, Saturday and Monday; but Tuesday, July 27 is the day. Election Day ; with the July 27, 2004 primary begins the run-up for the 2004 presidential elections.

There are, according to Election Secretary Vicki Turner, 2,157 registered voters in Cimarron County. I wonder how many will vote?

According to an article I wrote in the Sept. 18 issue of The Boise City News, 822 citizens voted in the 2002 primary runoff.

This means that just over one-quarter of the residents in the county made decisions that affected us all.

If you didn't vote in the 2000 presidential elections you have no reason to complain, (or applaud), if the president chose to invade Iraq.

In Cimarron County's District 3 if you didn't vote in 2002, you have no reason to complain if your rural road isn't maintained according to your desires.

County-wide if you didn't vote last winter, you haven't a leg to stand on if you don't like the hospital sales tax.

We Americans like to complain about everything; but, when it comes to being responsible about voting and making a difference, many of us would rather let the “other guy” do it while we complain about the decision.

We who are native born seem to take the freedoms allowed by our Constitution much too blithely. It seems that if you were born into this free nation with the right and privilege to criticize your government without fear of retribution, you rarely even care enough to vote and preserve those rights and privileges.

Strangely, among naturalized citizens, the numbers of dedicated voters are much higher. Foreign-born citizens seldom make the mistake of not voting. I have yet to meet a nonvoting naturalized citizen. Even those from other democracies such as England or Canada vote religiously; and those from nations that have routinely trod on the rights of their citizens....those individuals, those who know the real taste of freedom...vote almost fanatically.

On July 27, no matter if you love or hate the choices you have, you must vote.

The word for the week is ballot.

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