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Vote for your country’s sake

A year ago, after Sept. 11, there was a great outpouring of patriotism in this country. Flags were flown, speeches were made, and there were universal pledges to protect democracy. Just a few weeks later, there was the lowest voter turnout in recent history!

Thomas Jefferson said that the strength of a democracy lies in an active and informed electorate. Police, firefighters and armies can protect the nation, but only the voters can preserve democracy.

This year, instead of just wrapping ourselves in flags and calling ourselves patriots, let’s study the candidates and issues with an objective and open mind and then vote intelligently. It will take a bit of time and effort, but it is the best that we can do for our country.



Kenneth Tonge

Grass Valley


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