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Get informed and vote

October 7, 2012
The Herald-Star

To the editor:

This year we have a very important election. When you think about which candidates you want to vote for, there is one question you should ask yourself. Am I better off now than I was four years ago? Let's look at some other questions that can help you decide.

Do you think that the economy is sound? Are you happy when the price of gasoline goes up 30 to 40 cents a gallon from the time you drove to work to the time you came home? Are you happy clipping coupons, checking advertisements, going to several stores and buying unknown brands of groceries in order to feed your family? Can you afford to pay more for electricity because coal-fired power plants are being closed due to outrageous EPA regulations? Do you think that all women should be given contraceptives and abortions free of charge? Should religious organizations be forced to supply services to their employees that are against their beliefs? Do you think we are safe from terror attacks?

Think about those questions. If you answered no to several of those questions, then you need to ask yourself if you are better off than you were four years ago. If you decide that you are not better off, then you need to ask yourself another question. If I vote for the incumbents, will my life improve? If those incumbents are the reason that I am not better off, what gives me the impression that they will institute measures to improve my life if we give them more years in office? If you do not believe that your life is better or that it will improve, then you need to vote for those people who may be able to change the course and make improvements in the above areas.

This is the most important election of our lifetimes. All registered voters need to become informed about the candidates, not from watching attack advertisements, but from investigating the voting record of those candidates when they held office. For those candidates who have not held office, we need to investigate them and decide if they have the work ethic and values that support our beliefs. Get informed and vote for the candidates you believe will follow the Constitution, both at the federal level and the state level.

Are you better off now than you were four years ago? Get informed and vote.

Michalene King


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