Our civic duty
To the Editor:
On July 4, 1776 our Founding Fathers wrote the document that declared our independence on some very specific principles that they would later spell out in the Constitution. One of the basic tenants of their thinking was that everyone needs to be represented in government and have the opportunity to choose who that representative is. Our servicemen through countless wars have preserved that right, and our other rights of the Constitution, and will continue to defend them into the future.
It is our Civic Duty as citizens of this nation to vote, in doing so we honor the soldiers of the past and the future, and the people that founded this nation. It is not just to vote, it is to make an informed vote. You wouldn’t buy a used vehicle on blind faith. You would find out everything you could about that particular vehicle. If you were looking at a couple of different used vehicles you would compare the two side by side. Would you do the same with something equally important, such as your vote? Would you compare the candidates side by side or would you vote based on blind faith?
We have a unique opportunity this Thursday night, May 24th at 7:00p.m. Allen Quist who is a potential candidate, vying for the opportunity to run against Tim Walz, for the U.S. House of Representatives, will be in Caledonia. This gives us the opportunity to get to know him, and his views on the important topics that are shaping our country. He will be speaking at the Four Season Community Center, which is free of charge.
How often do these politicians actually come into our small rural communities? I would say, not very often. I hope the people in our area take full advantage of this opportunity to become an informed voter. After all he could potentially represent 21 whole or partial counties in southern Minnesota. It does not matter if you are a Republican, Democrat, or Independent, it is for everyone. It is very likely that the turnout we get on Thursday could spur the other candidates to also come to our rural communities and actually talk and meet the people that they represent. I encourage everyone to DO YOUR CIVIC DUTY, become an informed voter. See you on Thursday!