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Our Opinion: Do your duty

March 05, 2002|By the time you read this, many of you will already have voted — taking part in a process crucial to our government. All who have cast ballots or are planning to do so later today deserve praise for taking part in such a critical part of our democratic government, the selection of our leaders by the people to serve the people

This editorial is not designed for those who have voted or are planning to do so, except to praise you for joining in the voting. This editorial is aimed at those questioning whether their vote counts and have decided to not take part in the election.

It is understandable to doubt your own power in elections. We know, however, that your vote carries much more power than you can imagine. One vote does make a difference. We have witnessed that time and time again in the Imperial Valley when we have seen races where just a few votes separate the candidates.

If that argument doesn't sway you to head to the polling site, consider this — voting is your chance to have a say on who will lead your city, your county, your state and federal governments. Today there are incredibly important local and state races being decided. Today we elect a sheriff and are selecting members of the county Board of Supervisors and the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors.

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You must take it upon yourself to cast ballots for the people you think are best qualified to lead. You owe it to yourself, your family and your neighbors.

If you simply do not care about taking part in the process — if you have decided you just don't give a damn about who serves your community and what happens in it — there is little we can say. Still, you should consider everything that has happened to our country since Sept. 11, the day that terrorists started waging war on the United States. Consider what it has taken to rebuild and that American men and women are fighting to preserve our way of life, our right to have a democratic government.

They are fighting for what they believe in; they are fighting for us. And while we cannot all go to war with the terrorists we can show them they cannot stand in the way of democracy.

Go vote. Do your part. Do your duty.

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