Jeff Lafferty, Columnist

We are coming up to a date in our country’s history that has a great significance to the history of this country.  We are going to be electing a president.  Now stop right there.  I am not going to sit here and tell you who you should or shouldn’t vote for.  I am going to tell you to allow your voice to be heard for whatever reason.  Take the next two months, and think about each candidate in every race that you can vote.  Think about each Presidential Candidate, Senatorial Candidate, Congressional Candidate, State Representative, and any other elected official that you could be voting for in the November election.  

People through history in this country have sacrificed their blood, sweat, and tears for the ability for us to have the chance to vote in this election.  If you follow my columns, you know that I have rules that I think people should live by and one of them is not talking about politics, money, and religion to your friends.  I believe that I am not breaking the rule because I will not tell you my personal belief. I am suggesting that now is that time for you to understand and get to know the people that are running for office.   If you are one of those people that complain about government and haven’t voted in the last couple of elections, I would like to remind of you of the 2000 election between Al Gore and George Bush.  The election was one of the closest in the history of our great country.  George Bush won the electoral vote only 5 electoral votes while at the same time losing the popular vote.  The State of Florida’s 25 electoral votes went to George Bush by only a margin of less than one percent of the vote in Florida.   Think of your high school class president’s election, the school has 250 students and all of the students voted to have the same margin of victory would be less than 2 ½ students as the margin of victory.  So if you don’t think that your vote counts, it counts and will count.  Whoever you vote for make your decision based on what you think would be the best voice for you on the issues that you believe.  Watch the debates and listen to both sides of the argument and remember there are third party candidates that may match what you believe.  Pay attention to everything that they are talking about on cable news stations.  All I am saying is you need to make an informed decision in less than two months with who you want to represent you in government. After all, this is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

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