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October 28, 2013

In America, voting is our civic duty|

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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 mlynch@thedailystar.com or at (607) 441-7214.

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