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Listen to your heart, vote like a proud American

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Well, folks, just a few more days and we will have elected a new President of the United States.

I can honestly say I will be glad when it is over. It’s tough enough trying to filter out the local campaign gibberish without having to walk through the tar pit on the national scene.

This is the first year in my lifetime of voting that I am forced to choose the lesser of two evils. I know I am not alone. I have prided myself on being an independent thinker, and it has gotten me into some rough spots at times.

But, I always felt like I had to follow my heart and be proud of my vote. And, there were times I had to defend that vote against some fairly harsh criticism from my circle of friends. At one point, I believe I lost a friend because of my political stance. Looking back, what I believe was happening was an opinion I had voiced - and strongly - in the newspaper where I was employed may have affected that friend’s plans on a pet project.

So much for so-called friends  As it turned out, my prediction on a particular issue eventually came to pass. An area of north central Arizona is now a hodgepodge of unfettered development that has forever scarred the landscape.

So, don’t be angry at developers or planners who are bringing a well-planned residential subdivision to your part of town.

Just because it is next door does not mean it will turn into a garbage dump, or an unplanned mix of housing that brings no pride to the neighborhood. There can always be worse things than a development with small lots.

Don’t get me wrong. I once lived on a five-acre piece of heaven in the middle of the Tonto National Forest. But I now love my neighbors on both sides of my small town home. It’s all about perspective.

It’s all about choices, too, which brings us back to the elections.

I have been voting for a very long time. I have always loved going to the polls on the day of the election. I get to see who is making sure voters get the right ballot and know how to draw a line from one box to the other. It may seem like an inconvenience to some people, but I am of the belief that voting should not be taken lightly.

I know a lot of people who must vote by mail out of a physical necessity. For others who are physically fit, I think it’s a good idea to strap yourself in behind the wheel, turn that ignition, follow the correct route to your designated voting place, and stand in line for an hour or two and talk with other people who share your pride in the election process.

As for the campaign process, you can take it and shove it in a rat hole.

It’s been a disgraceful spectacle and I hope we never have another one like it.

That goes for all parties.