Editorial

If you haven’t already voted absentee or early, Tuesday, Nov. 3, is it. I don’t know enough words to convey the importance of voting, especially in national elections. Yes, your vote counts.

I won’t bother to share my political opinion because no one cares. Most of us probably know who we are voting for and no amount of arguing or well-prepared diatribes will change our minds. No matter who you plan to vote for, go vote.

May I ask you one favor? If you have no clue who to vote for, don’t vote based solely on the hot button moral issues that have been politicized (i.e. abortion, religion, etc.) or what you’ve seen people post on Facebook or even how candidates have behaved during the debates. Do some research between now and Tuesday.

The people we elect will control the government of this country for the next four years. You must feel peace about how you marked your ballot, no matter the outcome.

When Wednesday morning rolls around and the smoke clears and our next president is decided, let’s all remember to treat people who voted differently from us with respect, no matter how the media and our representatives are treating each other.

I’ll give John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist church, the last word on the subject.

1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worth.

2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against.

3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.

(John Wesley, journal entry, Oct.6, 1774)

-ms