Editorial— SomeThoughts on Voting

by Mary Ronen, Editor

I recently ran across a few quotes about voting that made me sit up and think about voting:

Quite a long time ago, President James A. Garfield said, “Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them.” From Dwight D. Eisenhower, “The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.”

From Barack Obama, “There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter.”

I have, most of the time, exercised my right to vote. These quotes, though, caused me to take a closer look at HOW I vote.

It’s important to make careful choices. This can mean sifting through a ton of information and mis-information and deciding for yourself what makes the most sense to you. We owe that much to ourselves and to others. It means doing your OWN homework.

On the other hand, it is also okay and maybe even important to abstain if you don’t have a clear understanding or clear knowledge of the candidates and their policies. Equally important, in my opinion, is that we must always respect others’ views, even if we don’t necessarily agree with them.

With the primaries behind us and the mid-term elections just a little over two months away, let’s look at one more quote from Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”