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Importance of an Informed Electorate

Importance of an Informed Electorate
I was out taking a walk early Saturday morning and saw a number of signs for various individuals supporting them for the upcoming election. I continually find it interesting that there are so many opinions expressed simply by the signs, yet there is little substance behind it,  so I decided to investigate to determine how we informed our electorate really is. My investigation resulted in most of the answers being disappointing, yet typical. One thing is clear: that behind all the bickering that continually goes on during an election cycle, we are in uninformed electorate. This is sadly something which has occurred over the last couple of generations, fueled by simple and often unjustified disdain for one person and a fondness for another without any real basis in fact. We vote for someone because we like them as a person, but have no real understanding of what they actually stand for.  That is not to say everyone who votes, uses this as their rationale, however it is the rule and therefore the norm. Perhaps over the next few days, you can ask yourself what is it that the town needs to do to make positive strides in the future. I am not advocating for one candidate over another in any particular race, but rather I'm advocating for the town and for many of you who intend to vote to attempt to better understand exactly what the issues are: it is make a more thorough assessment of the police station that is being proposed, looking more deeply into the nature of the changed ratings of our school system or how to best accomplish 40B housing. These questions are all affected both directly and directly depending on how you choose to vote next week. Take advantage of this right to vote by arming yourself with information that is pertinent, not rhetoric from candidates or their followers. I am quite sure that none of you would make a decision on your next job, what house to buy or for that matter what doctor to send your children to without informing yourself, so why should this be any different?

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