2012-09-28 / Editorial/Opinion

Honor The Political Process

There are far too many who blow off the political process. They all have what they believe are rational reasons. “My vote doesn’t count for much, so why should I bother to get involved?” “All politicians are crooks, so why choose between crooks?” “I really don’t have the time, I have more important things to do.” “Who wins makes no difference in my life, so why bother?” “I don’t like any of the candidates, so I’ll just sit this one out.” You have heard them all before, and perhaps one of those is your own personal rationale or you have one unique to yourself. It doesn’t matter, because they are all wrong. Everybody of voting age should honor the political process by learning all he/she can about the candidates and then casting an informed vote. This year, we have a SARNOFF presidential election that could well dictate the direction of the nation for the next decade. The choices are clear between a candidate who wants our quality of life to improve and another who wants business to have its unfettered way with us. If you don’t vote, you then have no complaint when the president impacts your life in negative ways. On the Congressional level, we here in Rockaway may have no choice. It seems that the Republicans have decided not to challenge the incumbent, Gregory Meeks, in any rational sort of way, so he will remain our Congressman, at least until he is indicted or censured by the House. There is a choice for State Senator on the west end, with Democrat Joseph Addabbo Jr. running against our present City Councilman, Republican Eric Ulrich. On the east end, the Republicans don’t seem to have a candidate to challenge present City Councilman James Sanders Jr. It seems a shame that a major party cannot come up with candidates to run in rather major elections, but that’s the way it is. In regard to the Ulrich-Addabbo election, The Wave wants you to have as much information about the candidates as possible and to that end the paper is sponsoring a debate between the two candidates. It will be held at the West End Temple, 147-02 Newport Avenue in Neponsit, on October 30 at 7:30 p.m. It may be your last chance prior to the November 6 election to see the candidates in action. We hope that we will see you there.

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