It is a rare occasion you find this staffer contribute to the editorial page, but I feel more compelled today than any other.
Tomorrow is such an important day for our communities. If you are of voting age and have an opinion about our cities today, tomorrow, or at any point in the future please take the time to speak up and exercise your democratic right to vote. It does not matter what you believe in, it is about the freedoms we are privileged to have and the ability to contribute to the future of our communities.
In my role as Publisher, I have seen a different side to this election. I have witnessed my staff placed in hot seats for adhering to a fair and balanced editorial policy. I have read more letters to the editor written in poor taste and made very few friends for insisting on rewrites expressing good taste. On the other hand, I've had the honour of emails and phone calls from new residents and citizens that are experiencing their first municipal vote and care to be informed to vote for the people they believe best represent their beliefs and have found our coverage outstanding to their decision making.
To all of our candidates - Thank you for committing your time, enthusiasm, energy, wisdom and knowledge to our communities. You are a diverse and interesting group with quite differing opinion, but you all deserve credit for putting your names forth and your passion for our future. Best of luck to each of you and I encourage you to serve these fine Cities and our great residents with respect, honesty and open mindedness.
Whether you believe we are at a pivot point in our future, or believe the status quo is perfect, you simply need to vote for the candidates that represent the same vision as yours. A community is only as strong as those that contribute to its collective well-being.
Please make your vote count. If you don't know the issues and candidates, log onto www.dailytownsman.com, or www.dailybulletin.ca and get informed. Take the five minutes it requires to stop and have your say. Vote tomorrow - Saturday November 19, 2011 - 8 am to 8 pm.
See you at the polls!