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Staff editorial: Momentus day to be a citizen


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By RICHARD SHAW
Sun Advocate publisher

By the time you read this on Tuesday, you have probably voted.

Or not.

If you haven't and it is before 8 p.m. the polls are still open and you should get going. If you haven't and you don't plan to vote, I want you to think about something.

Think about someone in your family that you knew who fought in a war. I don't care if it was World War I or II, Korea, Vietnam, the first Gulf War, Iraq or where ever; think about them and what they gave up to protect your freedoms.

One of those freedoms is the right to choose leaders in our country and in our community. They gave part of their life, or maybe even their life itself to keep you safe and to keep your right to pick your government.

Remember too that people all over the world wish they could do what you have the chance to do today. Many live under governments where they can't say what they want to say or act as they wish to act. They are repressed by the power of dictators, self proclaimed presidents or even religious zealots. They not only can't vote, but if they were to even say they should have that right they would lose their lives.

And if you think your vote doesn't count, ask yourself what you expect it to count for? Voting is not only to elect a government or an official, it is a statement of freedom; of government that is still controlled ultimately by the people, with one persons vote counting as much as another citizens.

For the first time in history we have the opportunity to elect either an African-American or a woman to the two highest offices in the land. There are a lot of countries that even if they let their citizens vote would not let either of those things pass.

So if at all possible, don't vote just because you want one candidate over the other, or because you think to the right or the left of an issue. Don't vote because you think one candidate will make you more prosperous or keep your son or daughter out of a war.

And don't not vote because of any of the above either.

Vote because you can.

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