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Vote for candidate,

not the freebies

As we approach the November election, the annual election that either helps or hinders our liberties, taxes, community, school affairs and such, I respectfully ask that voters refrain from accepting free beers/shots, food, cash or promises for votes.

Nothing is free and, as you know, that includes our freedom.

You already should know from history that the most ruthless of elected officials landed their seats by promising you whatever makes you feel good. Once elected, these people then place their kind in seats that ensure their agenda or financial lifestyles on our dime.

We all pay for nonchalant votes that were cast because of naïve voters or voters accepting a lousy piece of ground farm animal meat rolled up in a pig’s intestine.

Voting should always be a sacred act. And, sauntering into the polling place just to support another crony or their relative is a travesty. The current state of government affairs and our children’s education are in our hands.

Our votes determine what we will enjoy or what we will lose. I think that you know what I mean.

Know whom you are voting for and why. All the picnics, fancy black-tie, high-society affairs, signs, palm cards and kisses and hugs a candidate offers don’t make him or her an ethical or respected elected official. It is, rather, substance and track records that matter.

Do yourself and others a favor and research the candidate’s track record. Ask the candidate why he or she deserves to represent you. Ask what the salary and benefits are for the seat he or she desires; and if the seat is considered volunteer, voter beware.

A candidate’s smiling face, free beer, meat or a promise of a job or contract or anything of monetary value shouldn’t be the way any American should vote.

Stop being a sucker for a good line and vote smart because some candidates are just plain gold-digging often lifelong taxpayer-supported, personal-gain predators. A piece of animal muscle doesn’t make for an ethical voice for you!

Since the November election is open for all voters, party registration doesn’t matter; but do be cautious when casting your every vote. You don’t have to vote for anyone just because they are associated with your particular party.

Do be exceptionally selective and knowledgeable before you vote and connect the proverbial political dots. The dots might lead you to understand a candidate’s motives that in some cases compound the negative practices of nepotism and cronyism.

Bear in mind that being elected to any seat, from serving at our voting polls to school boards, is a step toward power, control and, sadly, even corruption.

Watch the names that are listed on your ballot because you might find that the candidate is already somehow involved or related to someone instigating problems, ignoring our needs or simply collecting a huge salary to pay for their new Corvette.

As a reminder: You must be registered to vote at least one month before every election, so if you plan on voting in November, do get registered now.

For information on registering to vote in Luzerne County, contact Voter Services at 570-825-1715 or visit the county’s online site.

America is what you make it, and it all starts here. We are to manage our government and school districts, and that is only accomplished by whom you elect to speak for you. Think about the reasons why you should and need to vote for any candidate before every election. Take a closer look at your paycheck deductions, your property taxes, your rent and utility costs and think about where or what your deductions and payments are supporting.

Our votes are worth way more than a piece of meat and a beer.

Linda J. Urban


NFL should have

Locks of Love day

October will soon be upon us and for the past several years the officials, teams, players and management of the NFL have engaged in a great public awareness campaign during all games by “going pink” to bring attention to breast cancer. Players’ gloves, shoes, towels and even the penalty flags went pink. Great!

My challenge to the NFL and all its players and coaches: This year, undertake something really significant. Instead of going pink, institute a “Locks of Love” day for everyone connected with the NFL. Hair cuts and donations would benefit those who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy.

It appears that enough resources exist to make a real difference in the lives of those who undergo this treatment.

Peggy Bostwick

Pocono Pines

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