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Citizenship means voting

Citizenship is hard, it requires sacrifice, service, education and a willingness to work for the greater good. You are required to understand issues you may not think affect you, and take a defensible position. Citizenship requires you to take action in times like we have now. Elected officials seem to care more about special interest and furthering individual careers than what is good for the nation.

The Founding Fathers believed citizenship was worth fighting and dying for. That it was a blessing to have the power in the hands of the people instead of a select few. The true power in a democracy is in the vote that each citizen possesses. This vote invokes the power of the people to keep government centered and working for all of us.

The apathy shown by today’s citizens moves us toward a form of government that took a thousand years to overthrow. Not voting or uninformed voting allows those who discourage an informed public the ability to choose for you. They usually choose what is good for them, not you. You have only to look at congress to see our experiment in democracy starting to fail.

You can turn this around, and help take back control of our country. Learn about the issues, take a position and defend it with facts, make sure the official you vote for represents your position and understand the value of compromise to obtain an outcome you can live with.

Read the voter’s guide and ask questions until you understand the what, why and how of each ballot proposition and candidate race. Find out who is behind each candidate running for Federal, State and local office. Do they represent you or special interest? You can usually tell by looking at who backs them. Voting matters and your vote makes a difference and must be counted. Take the time to celebrate your citizenship and vote.

James Hinman lives in Nevada City

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