Wednesday, October 17, 2012

No more lame excuses

Tonight local voters have a way to avoid lame excuses for not knowing more than a candidate’s name when they cast ballots next month.

At 6:30 p.m. in the Wood River High School Commons on Fox Acres Road in Hailey, candidates running for Blaine County sheriff, Blaine County commissioner and two seats in the Idaho House will trade views and answer questions in a nonpartisan forum. This newspaper sponsors the confab.

Join us tonight to help wipe out cluelessness and the boredom of listening to these classic excuses:

“I’m too busy.” No voters are as busy now as they will be when a public official elected by a narrow margin proposes action that will adversely affect them or their families.

“All of the candidates and their political parties are just alike.” People who saw last week’s vice-presidential debate or read the transcript saw this excuse evaporate.

“One vote doesn’t matter.” Photos of Florida election officials peering at hanging chads during recounts of ballots in the Al Gore vs. George W. Bush race prove otherwise.

“My vote won’t change anything.” True, but your vote joined with others is profoundly powerful. See examples in Prohibition, the Civil Rights Act, a few famous wars, and Title IX.

“I live in a small town in a small state so I know where the candidates stand.” Remember the kids’ game called “telephone,” in which a statement morphs into nonsense after being whispered from person to person?

Hearing from competing candidates firsthand is the only way to go. Arrive early to claim your seat.

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