You heard this lecture from us about a month ago. We’re going there again.
We’re not deliberately trying to be repetitive or unoriginal. Given all the news that’s percolating locally, statewide and nationally, we certainly aren’t stuck for topics, either.
Consider this reinforcement.
On Aug. 28, 6,374 people cast votes for mayor in the Gadsden municipal election. That’s roughly 31 percent of the 20,591 active voters registered in the city at that point in time.
Let that sink into your skulls: Only about a third of the people eligible to have their say on Gadsden’s present and, most importantly, determine the city’s future direction bothered to go to the polls.
That is unacceptable — discussion closed.
Don’t worry, we hear two-thirds of you saying “How dare you call us out?” What’s the old line about how footwear fits?
We hear you listing the umpteen reasons why you couldn’t go vote. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; call us unsympathetic to the notion that someone who’s willing (emphasis on that crucial variable) can’t find 5 minutes during a 12-hour window to visit a polling place.
We hear all the glum Eeyores out there saying “My vote won’t make any difference; politicians are going to do what they want to.” That certainly can be the case, but those politicians won’t have that ability if they’re not in office, and last we heard that was the voters’ call.
We see lots of people ranting, raving, spewing and sputtering on social media about how bad things are in Gadsden and what ought to be done to fix those issues.
For some folks, it’s apparently more enjoyable to sing multiple choruses of the old Hee Haw favorite “Gloom, Despair and Agony on Me” than it is to, again, do the one real-world thing residents of Gadsden can do to display either their satisfaction or dissatisfaction with what’s going on in the city.
There’s a chance for redemption on Tuesday, however.
There’s a runoff election for mayor and for the District 5 City Council seat.
Two races — it should take you a couple of minutes, tops, to do your civic duty and let your voice be heard.
Again, we don’t endorse candidates anymore, so we’re not going to tell you how to vote in either race.
In today’s edition, we have special coverage of the mayor’s race; we’re cognizant of the council race, but that isn’t citywide.
We asked each candidate 10 questions about important issues facing Gadsden, and are publishing their answers as a public service to help ensure an informed electorate.
Check those answers out, do some serious thinking about which candidate best represents your viewpoint, pray about it if you’re so inclined — and go vote on Tuesday.
It’s your city. Show that you care.