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November 9, 2013

RAY DAY: To vote or not to vote

Sometimes I seem to put my foot in my mouth without taking off my shoes. When the things I write about get into someone else’s craw, I hear from the ones who have the guts to advise me on my columns, and that is good. For that to happen, the one on the other end has to read my column, and that is great. That means that I have a reader base and lots of good people giving me things to write my next column on.

So this past week, I have received many emails from my readers giving me advice, and none of them did so with harsh words. Just to set the record straight, I am a man who votes down the party line each spring and then in the fall, after much consideration, I go to my heart and my knowledge and I vote for the one who I think will do the best job of representing me and the rest of you out there. And I can say that there have been times when, after a year or two, I have to question myself about why I voted the way I did.

I am not saying I was wrong, but I am saying that I could of made a better choice IF there was someone else who was capable and running for that same office. In my lifetime so far, I can truthfully say that I think I made a good choice in the times I voted in the elections. At least I did vote, so I can’t really say that my vote was wrong, if there had been a lot more voters casting their vote on Election Day. My parents taught me to always be sincere in who I befriended because there might be a good reason for others to befriend me. They might want my friendship long enough to coach me into voting for their choice or even for themselves. Really folks, that just will not be the way and the reason that I select the one to represent me as president, senator or representative in Congress. I am my own man and Lord be willing, I will exercise my selections my way and not someone else’s way. So let’s just mark my last election as one where I might have made a bad choice, but at least I voted. Enough on that as I know there are many good people out there who do the same as I do and there are many more out there who vote a straight ticket regardless of who is running for that position. Now don’t get me wrong folks, you have the right to vote your way because you at least vote and that is good. But also you have to allow me the same right, don’t you?

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