Archived Story

Democracy is reliant on active voters

Published 12:00am Sunday, November 4, 2012

Just two days remain before the 2012 General Election. Regardless of your political affiliation, everyone should be able to agree that this is an election that is vitally important for the future of our county, our state and our nation.

By now many voters have election fatigue. They are simply worn out from being bombarded with non-stop political messages and campaign propaganda.

But each of us, as engaged citizens, must make the commitment to ensure this doesn’t dampen our spirit for our democracy.

It would be easy to simply say, “I have had enough. I am not going to vote this year.”

That is the worst mistake that citizens could make.

Apathy continues to be the most destructive force in our society. Far too many people simply do not care at all or at least don’t pay attention until it is too late to change things.

The bedrock of our great nation is a strong democracy that is driven by an informed electorate. We cannot become so disenchanted with the actions of a few or the minor flaws in our system that we do not participate.

So, Republican or Democrat, Independent or undecided, please use your voice on Tuesday to make a difference.

The Tribune believes it is possible for people with a variety of points of view to discuss issues in a civil manner and will remove comments that, in our opinion, foster incivility. We want to encourage an open exchange of information and ideas. Responsibility for what is posted or contributed to this site is the sole responsibility of each user. By contributing to this website, you agree not to post any defamatory, abusive, harassing, obscene, sexual, threatening or illegal material, or any other material that infringes on the ability of others to enjoy this site, or that infringes on the rights of others. Any user who feels that a contribution to this website is a violation of these terms of use is encouraged to email, or click the "report comment" link that is on all comments. We reserve the right to remove messages that violate these terms of use and we will make every effort to do so — within a reasonable time frame — if we determine that removal is necessary.

Editor's Picks

Apple butter on sale to benefit Shop With a Cop

SOUTH POINT — Law enforcement agencies in Lawrence County have kicked off the annual apple butter fundraiser for the Shop With a Cop program. Every year, ... Read more