This is a very important election and everyone should make the effort to vote. People are always saying their vote doesn't count or there are not choices. This year, we have two choices to elect new people to our state Legislature. Joseph Chilelli is running for Assembly against a man who has held the position for years. Madelyn Thorne is running for state Senate against a man who has been in office so long nobody can remember when he was elected.
These newcomers to politics have the courage to address issues that have been put aside for too long. They will be attending a candidate forum Oct. 13 between 2 and 4 p.m. at the community room at Trackside Homes, Johnstown. They will answer questions and give solutions to some of the problems that need to be addressed.
We need to think about what is being said and not said in the political ads and debates. The Republicans say they can fix everything but don't say how, except to cut government spending and give tax breaks to the rich. That is what got us into this mess. The programs they want to cut are programs that keep people in their homes and off the welfare rolls.
Can you imagine what it would be like if there was no Social Security or Medicare? Granted, there are some things that need to be brought up to date in these programs, but they have worked well. Let's not throw out the baby with the bath water.
Remember, we, the voters, are the government, even though it doesn't seem like it. We can change things for the better, but it takes time and cooperation among those elected to office. When our state senator says we just say "no" to anything the Democrats propose, it's time to replace him.
If you take the time to look at your ballot on Nov. 6, you will find at the top a whole row of Democrat candidates, including Supreme Court justices, who give you a real choice. Take the time to be informed and vote for the future of our children and our country. Remember, not every person has the right to vote in their country. Consider it a duty.