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Seek candidates who align with your views

Seek candidates who align with your views Seek candidates who align with your views

Some people think government should solve all our problems, and others call government the problem itself.
There is a lot of space in between for reasonable minds to operate.
What we do know for sure is that, for a participatory democracy to work, it must be the result of citizen involvement.
As President Franklin D. Roosevelt admonished us, ‘Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us.’
It is easier to forget this truth about a democracy than to take our individual responsibility for the operation of a complex and ever-changing country.
In 2010, we voted for the same offices that will be on our ballot this Nov. 4. At that time, only 41 percent of the eligible registered voters in Indiana chose to execute their most important actions as a citizen: to vote.
As I sit here in my home working on my computer, I don’t profess to have answers to the issues ‘ lack of high-speed Internet, difficult geology for water-line extensions, current trends of commerce or loss of opportunities for young folks in rural areas ‘ facing Harrison County. In fact, I don’t subscribe to the idea that any one person or group can have all the answers to most of our challenges.
That, I guess, is why we have such a variety of skills and talents among the citizens of a flourishing community. When we put our heads together and discuss the issues, we ought to come up with solutions that are better than one person could ever envision.
We elect knowledgeable and concerned citizens to represent our interests and needs and ask them to come up with recommendations for the whole group.
We are asking a lot of our fellow Harrison Countians when we elect them to do this.
All of us need the best information and constructive options available. This is too important to leave to a candidate just because he or she puts a request for your vote on a door hanger. Just because we can all recognize a name or know a relative of the candidate does not mean he or she will do the best job in office.
Our county has been well governed in the past, but a vote to just continue the status quo because we are getting along OK isn’t necessarily the best route for the future in a changing world.
It isn’t easy to become informed before an election as to the nature of the candidates and their stand on the issues. But, believe me, it is worth the effort.
To do this, we need honest and broad information. There is a tendency to watch or read only the news outlets that share our personal slant on how things should operate. In other words, we seek affirmation of our own previously held views. Though tempting, it doesn’t broaden our understanding of the complexities of events or issues nor does it help us explore a variety of creative solutions to our problems. There are lots of sources of information on the issues and the candidates for all levels of government. Some of the rhetoric is pure campaign chatter, so be sure you are basing your thinking on information from reliable and impartial sources.
Might I suggest that you check out the candidate profiles that have been running in The Corydon Democrat since Sept. 17 and keep your eyes open for the upcoming voter information guide to be included in the Oct. 15 newspaper.
As in any election, we will be voting for important officeholders. It is amazing what one vote or voice can mean in Congress. Our next Ninth District member of the United States House of Representatives will affect your future in everything from military involvement to how you get reimbursed for medical expenses. Do you know who your choices for this office are?
Although the Secretary of State is the third-highest constitutional office in state government, four years ago we all must have been sleeping at election time. We elected a man who, two years later, was convicted of a felony and removed from office. Since then, we have had an appointed secretary serving out the term. How ironic, as the Secretary of State is the chief election officer, enforces state securities regulations, regulates car dealerships in Indiana and manages the state’s business services division. We can do better than this.
Also on Nov. 4, we will elect a state auditor. The auditor is the chief financial officer of the government of Indiana and, as such, is responsible for maintaining all the state accounts. Were you aware that we have had five different state auditors in the last year because none were able to fill out a four-year commitment? How about electing someone who is dedicated to the job?
We also will elect a state treasurer who will manage the finances of the State of Indiana. Because the state operates, by law, with a large reserve, it gives the treasurer control over a huge amount of money which is invested in numerous ways. We need smart, trained and experienced people making these decisions with our tax dollars.
Please check out all the candidates. Whose philosophy lines up with yours and whose ideas sit right with you?