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October 28, 2013

In America, voting is our civic duty|


I’ve heard the excuses: “My vote doesn’t count.” “It won’t make a difference.” “I don’t have time.” They are just that ... excuses.

I grew up with blue-collar parents; my father served in the Air Force during the Cold War. They always voted, but never really talked politics in our house. I often wonder, why not? Could it be that because we were just kids, what would we know about politics?

Thinking about this later in my life, I suspect that my mother and father always didn’t always see eye-to-eye on the political spectrum. Interesting that they saw things politically different, but it was not a house divided. My mother would talk politics with me at the end of her life and would always ask me if I had voted yet during each election cycle.

For me, voting is an honor and a privilege. I believe to not vote is an insult to those who serve in our military, who have served — and died — to protect our freedoms and our way of life. It is my civic duty and responsibility as a United States citizen. I do not take myself out of the voting process if the issue or candidate that I voted for does not pass or win. I will continue to be diligent…

Will you? Get out and vote Nov. 5.

Mitchell Lynch is the publisher of The Daily Star. He can be reached at or at (607) 441-7214.

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