Say Whaaaat???? Have you gone crazy???? Of course, I love my children and grandchildren. I hug them. Listen to their problems and wipe away their tears. Feed them and care for them. I want to raise them to be good moral people. That columnist must have gone crazy to ask such a question.
Well, if you think I am crazy, that headline achieved its goal. It got your attention. This columnist really believes you love your children and your grandchildren, but you need to think about that love not just in the present. The future is just as important and you have the chance to show that long term love at the polls.
Here are some questions that you might think about to ensure a good future for your children and grandchildren:
* Does the candidate believe in protecting the environment or are they a climate change denier?
* Does the candidate respect people of all genders?
* Does the candidate have the patience and analytical ability to make key decisions that consider all the options?
* Does the candidate have the ability to compromise in order to get things done?
* Will the candidate have a moral compass that keeps him or her from doing things for their own personal gain?
* Does the candidate respect our rich history of accepting immigrants as long as that is done in a controlled manner?
* Will the candidate be able to control their desire for revenge when someone does not agree with them?
* Will the candidate be bipartisan once in office?
* Will the candidate be able to draw honest, trustworthy, motivated and energetic people into their administration?
* Does the candidate believe in paying fair taxes?
* Does the candidate have a vision that defines a better world for everyone?
* Does the candidate extinguish fires or pour gas on them?
Early voting begins February 3rd and ends February 29th. Absentee ballots must be requested by February 25th and returned by 5:00 pm on March 3rd which is the day of the election. This is a primary election which winnows down the number of candidates for many offices. The final election is November 3rd. You don't have to vote for the political party in which you registered. The Elections Office can explain that to you.
Those are just a few questions to think about as you select a candidate. Thank goodness we live in a democracy and have the right to vote in a hopefully honest election. Please remember that you are selecting a candidate not just for today. Focus on the future for your children and grandchildren. Please don't squander your vote or decide not to vote at all.