Vote for your future

To the Editor,

“Voting is your right and responsibility.”

“Vote as if your life depended on it.”

You’ve probably heard these slogans. Most likely you’ve seen the political ads, read the editorials, and listened to the debates.  Now you’re wondering why the sense of urgency; why does voting matter? It’s easy to get cynical about voting—with the political machines rolling and the media floodgates open we can get mired in the mud of electoral politics. It’s also easy to get frustrated and disillusioned with the system. However, those who represent us in Congress can have a huge impact on our lives and those for whom we care. Why vote? First and foremost, voting is a civil right, hard-won for women, African Americans, and other citizens. It is the foundation of our democracy. Secondly, it is your chance to have a say in who governs you. Millions of people around the world have no voice in a representative democracy. And, thirdly, every single vote really does count.

70% of potential voters who expect not to vote in our upcoming special election on May 15, 2017 claim they are too busy or that they have conflicting work/school schedules. Here in Montana those issues may be addressed by requesting an absentee ballot so you can vote at your leisure. Late registration for those not yet registered is accepted up to and on election day at the offices  of election administrators. Voting is our right as well as our obligation. We can’t take it lightly or ignore it. We can make a difference as long as we participate and speak up.

There are momentous issues crushing our national agenda: The Middle East, energy independence, global warming, infrastructure repair, nuclear weapons, homeland security, healthcare reform—and now, swamping everything else, terrorism.

Voting is one of the most important ways you can make clear what matters to you and your loved ones. If you vote, that basically means canceling out a vote for the opposing running candidate... that's big. You are setting up for your future... and for your children, or your future children’s lives. Think about it.

Your vote is your voice. It tells elected officials how you feel about education, social security, the environment, and other important issues. Time has consistently proven that democracy should never be taken for granted. Instead, it needs considerable nourishment and encouragement from citizens to reach full-scale dimensions.

"Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters."— Abraham Lincoln

However you choose to vote, I encourage you to make a thoughtful decision about the two candidates.

 

Hope Smith

Red Lodge

 

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, November 20, 2017 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 8:00am
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
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    Open 2nd and 4th Wednesday 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. 206 N ‘D’ Street. More info 662-1060.
  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 7:00pm
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
  • Thursday, November 23, 2017 (All day)
    The Red Lodge Carnegie Library will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23, in observance of Thanksgiving Day.  The library will be open on Friday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Nov. 25.