GUEST COMMENTARY: Best way to thank vets is to cast ballot

2012-10-28T00:00:00Z GUEST COMMENTARY: Best way to thank vets is to cast ballotBy Carol Kuznicki nwitimes.com
October 28, 2012 12:00 am  • 

I have always thought it was interesting that Election Day and Veteran's Day ended up in November.

As with most of you, I have had uncles, my grandfather and my father serve our country. Also, my daughter served in the military for four years in the Middle East and elsewhere, and my son is currently active, having served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Yet with so many veterans around us, who have fought for the freedom and privilege to vote, the voter turnout certainly does not reflect that fact.

"I'm too busy." Really? With social media at your fingertips, and media coverage available, a few minutes every day could bring you up to date.

Likewise, "I don't know who to vote for." Really? This could be the most important homework you can do.

Even better, go to a city council or county council, a board meeting or NIRPC or even a meeting at the state or federal level if you prefer. The times and dates for most of these meetings are listed in The Times.

But a word of caution: Go to learn. Don't go just when you have an issue. It should be a learning experience, not an emotional one.

As far as the actual voting, there are many options out there -- online, absentee and, of course, at the polls. Even our deployed military find the time to vote.

This election is crucial at all levels. Our way of life, jobs, taxes, schools and health care are all profoundly impacted by who is in office. Yet the turnout certainly doesn't reflect that. Why?

The process does wok if you participate. Even one vote can make the difference, as we have seen before.

If you don't vote, you can't complain.

Freedom and the right to vote aren't free. I always thank a vet, and the best thank you you can give a vet is to exercise the freedom and privilege that they have fought for all of us. Vote on Nov. 6.

Carol Kuznicki is a member of a Valparaiso good government group. The opinion expressed in this column is the writer's and not necessarily that of The Times.

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