Friday, November 1, 2013

Do your homework, voters

    Believing something doesn’t make it a fact. That’s important to remember as we approach next Tuesday’s election.
    Just as candidates are obligated to educate and inform voters on their positions on various issues, and to state them clearly, voters are obligated to know what candidates’ positions are on the issues before they vote. It’s our duty as American citizens.
    Just because one candidate seems like someone you’d most like to talk to over a beer, it’s not the best reason to give him or her a vote. To be sure, having good social skills is a plus in public service and politics. It’s a plus when practicing the art of politics. But it’s not the only thing.
    If national polls were mood rings, they would show that recent national political shenanigans have left American voters in a very, very bad mood indeed. If that mood isn’t tempered with a factual understanding of candidates’ positions in the upcoming election, voters could find themselves and their communities regretting it for years to come.
    Elections have consequences, and they’re not always good ones. With the many means of communication out there today, there’s no excuse for voters not to know where a candidate stands unless a candidate refuses to say, which should be cause for voters to reject him or her.
    Voters can prevent political nightmares by doing their homework on all the candidates they’re considering.
    They should not underestimate the value of a vote and should cast it with the confidence born of knowledge, not gossip or speculation or being in a black mood.

Clarification: Sun Valley City Council candidate Keith Saks serves on the Planning and Zoning Commission, while candidate Peter Hendricks serves on the Comprehensive Plan Update Steering Committee. The P&Z will review the proposed updates before sending them to the City Council for consideration. We regret any confusion in this matter.

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