Vote or else

An editorial that looks at the importance of voting.

Between now and early September people in Golden have a duty to step up to learn about the positions of the people who will be guides for the future of the town and the area. Elections can bring the best and the worst out of not only those who are running, but also their supporters.

Not even a year after the last municipal elections, voters will once again have the chance to have their voices heard and one of the big questions is: Will anyone show up to cast their ballots?

To say the turnout for last November’s election was depressing would be an understatement. When less than three in ten people could be bothered to take five minutes or less (and based on the short line up the wait would have been less) to drop by a polling station to have their voices heard makes you wonder if people are truly thinking things through.

Many times over the heated debates in the past few months I have heard people question the present council and what they are doing but what does it say when more people are signing petitions than actually voting?

No government on any level will ever be 100 per cent popular. It simply does not happen.

If you are happy with a government then that should make you want to go out and show your support, and when you are not happy with what is happening it should make you want to get out to try and make a change. This is not the reality of our times.

When a vote does happen it seems to be a struggle to get people to leave their plush chairs and head over to make a mark or two on a couple of pieces of paper. In the upcoming byelection two very important questions will be on those papers.

The future of the Bridge to Bridge project will be on the line. This project which has split the community on many levels over the past few months and the time is coming to step up and either have your voice heard, or don’t complain that things did not go the way you wanted after the fact.

Money being spent is always something that stirs up questions and has ability to split a community.

To spend or not to spend, that is the question. Is the loan which the town will be forced into taking to complete the project worth the overall benefits that the project will bring?

To answer that question you the voters need to learn the facts from fiction and weed your way through all the things which have already been and will be said over the next month. This is not an easy task because one person’s reality is another persons fantasy.

Added to this is the vote which will see two new councillors taking seats in the local town hall.

Two new voices will be added to the people who represent you the voters.

These are the people who will be making decisions which will influence not only an individuals future but the future of the town as a whole. They will sit as your representatives and be leaders heading forward in the future of what you want Golden to be. That alone should make you want to get out and learn about their positions on many of the important topics. Hopefully when the day to vote comes you will take time to drop by from the Fall Faire to have your voices heard because if you don’t then like my father always said, “If you don’t vote, don’t complain.”

 

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