we have stated before, even if we are too old-fashioned to believe in
two weeks of voting — or even two days, which is still a little too
many days for our liking — we hope that the people of this community
will take advantage of that privilege and right that the American
people have to cast their votes for the person they believe most
It is very important to make the effort to elect people we believe
will make a difference in our community: we need to check their
experience, consider their honesty, and go with the people who care
about the betterment of our community, especially in caring about the
well-being of our children.
Some candidates for office have lots of money. They have most of the
television commercials and the big billboards. That does not make them
the best choices for your vote, and it surely does not mean that they
have the best interests of the community at heart.
We suggest you ask yourself this question: Why would anyone spend
three or four times the amount the office they’re chasing pays, if
they get elected?
Yes, we said chasing, because anyone spending more than what they
have, on anything, would be chasing whatever it is — power,
connections, retirement “benefits,” etc.
We are not saying to elect any old Tom, Dick or Harry who throws his
hat in the ring to get a job he knows nothing about; we are not
suggesting we elect anyone who wants to become a one-term politician
in order to secure a lifetime retirement, just as we are not saying to
vote for someone who wants to sit in office for the rest of his/her
natural life at our expense.
What the community needs to do is to sort out the dedicated and loyal
candidates — those who want to take office to actually serve the
community to the best of their ability, and who will uplift the
community, leaving it better than they found it — from those who might
want personal gain first and foremost, to say nothing of keeping
certain things the same old way. In addition, we need candidates who
are not afraid of new ideas, innovation, or new blood; in other words,
candidates who will interact with the community and seek the best
solutions for the challenges that the office faces, and be brave
enough to implement them when they are warranted.
The president of this great nation is only allowed “to give back to
the country” two terms; locally, the elected officials are allowed to
give back three terms. Why, we wonder, would any other elected
official be allowed to stay in office forever?
More people should be allowed the opportunity to serve their
community. We need the new generation with their new ideas just as
much as we need the older, more experienced generation, but neither to
the extent that they lock out the other. That is not the American way.
Twenty years in office is way too long, in our opinion, but in the
judicial race it is two years shy of three terms, after which they can
go back to private practice, paying their fair share of things like
rent, phone bills, payroll, and everything else they enjoyed at
taxpayers’ expense for those three terms. If they don’t choose that,
they can retire and live off the taxpayers for the rest of their life
and enjoy the prestige of their having been a jurist who served the
community in which they live.
Voters should only elect people who will go to the job with the clear
thought in mind that they work for the taxpayers, and for the
community as a whole, and that they are not better than anyone else.
Voters should only elect people with a fair mind and a sense of
responsibility and loyalty to the community. Voting or not voting out
of vindictiveness toward those who did not vote for them or who have
taken part in the community government by attending meetings,
expressing their opinions, offering suggestions and speaking up when
they see something they don’t like, is not doing the best thing for
all of us.
“Even an editor needs an editor” is a well known saying in journalism
that can apply to any other profession, even to politicians, who are
not exempt. They should be grateful that there are concerned citizens
that are willing to help free of charge to keep — or make — our
community the best community of them all.
So go vote — early if you must, or on Election Day — but go and
exercise your American right and duty to elect the best people to
serve the community the best they can. With everyone pitching in to
turn those candidates into our new community “team,” teamwork will no
longer be just a meaningless word.