Wednesday, October 15, 2014

You’re invited

    Voters should mark their calendars for next Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m., call the babysitter and set their mobile electronic reminders to make sure they attend the Pizza and Politics election forum at Wood River High School.
    This is the major opportunity for local voters to hear what candidates for the Idaho Legislature, the Blaine County Board of Commissioners and the Blaine County treasurer stand for.
    Elections are often won or lost by small margins in Blaine County and the legislative district, so voters who profess to feel powerless or disenfranchised are just plain wrong. A vote is power—a lot of power. But knowing where to cast that vote is more difficult than simply scribbling in a circle on a ballot with a soft pencil. Making that choice requires voters to spend time reading and listening.
    Otherwise, voters risk finding their lives ruled by people and laws that they dislike. Only then, are they powerless.
    Appearing to be a nice person, while a good thing, isn’t the sole qualification voters should look for in a candidate for public office. We should seek smart, well-informed and energetic candidates who reflect our attitudes and values in life. We should look for candidates with clear and wise positions on major issues including education, health, taxes, transportation, wages, jobs and public lands.
    We should seek candidates with well-developed positions founded on facts, not fantasy or devoutly held beliefs. The leaders we seek should offer more than empty words and clever slogans.
    Next Wednesday is an opportunity for local voters to size up the competitors for office and to ask questions face to face. No electronic screens will stand between voters and their future leaders.
    The Mountain Express is proud to sponsor the forums and happy to provide the pizza in its continuing effort to give residents the facts they need to build their lives in our beautiful state. You’re invited. Please come.

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