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Larry Kaufman: Move outside your comfort zone

Now that the 2016 election is history, here’s a question for you as a reader of The Union and as a voter —whether you’re a Republican, a Democrat, a Libertarian, a Green. Many of you expressed dissatisfaction with the direction that our local, state and federal governments are headed.

You have put forth a clarion call for “change” (a somewhat ambiguous request since you’re not clear on just what “changes” you have in mind).

Nevertheless, while demanding this rather amorphous change from our elected representatives, you continue to re-elect the same representatives year after year.

Thus, the question for you, respected voter is, “If you really want significant, substantive change, why do you continue to vote for the same representatives?”

If we vote to keep the same folks in office, why should we believe things will change?

So, here’s a radical thought for the next election. If you’re a Democrat, a Republican, a Libertarian, a Green, consider voting for other candidates. Carefully review the candidate’s program, not their party, and then consider what “change” he or she offers you.

Ask the candidate if he or she is willing to vote their conscience instead of following their party’s guidance.Go ahead, move outside your comfort zone.

Change will occur when and if each of you will consider voting for the candidate, rather than for their party. Do that one simple thing and perhaps then we will see a positive improvement in our local, state and federal government. It really is up to you to make this “change.”

If you’re not willing to change how you vote, then don’t expect our representatives to.

Larry Kaufman

Nevada City