I have saved every piece of campaign literature that has been mailed to me in the past few weeks. I keep them in a larger folder. My intention is to be able to study each piece of paper and make an intelligent decision on who to vote for during the November election. As everyone knows Cuyahoga county is in the midst of a political disaster. On any given day you can pick up a newspaper and read about the corruption going on here. I do not know if any of the news is true because as far as I know our Judicial system allows for a speedy and fair trial so before making any judgment calls I’m going to wait for the results from our judicial system.
The corruption and mudslinging is making my decisions for voting very hard. There is no way a person could make an honest, just decision in an impartial way without considering everything that has been put in the news for us to read. It makes it so hard for the average person to fairly know what is right and what is wrong. When I started going over all the literature I found that some of my favorite picks for different offices have political wrong doings attached to their names. Now I ask what am I supposed to do with that information? Do I set it aside and go on my gut instincts or do I go the opposite way and vote for someone that I do not feel comfortable with.
It’s like being between a rock and a hard spot. There are so many accusations that it seems like the only thing anyone cares about is pointing the finger at the opposing party. It would be a breath of fresh air if the candidates would calmly state what they intend to do to make things better for our county and state. Pointing fingers does not work. Nastiness does not work. We need to get down to the real issues in this political race.
We have high unemployment, foreclosures, welfare, homeless people, empty food pantries and that’s just a few issues that are on the surface. We also have to think about the safety of our people. Campaigns should be run with integrity and a little common sense. Signs are starting to show up on lawns around the city. It does bring the candidates into our view but we still need to know the actions they are planning to take if they should be elected.
This will be a very important election and we have many decisions to make regarding our communities. Our schools are dealing with lost tax dollars along with our police and firemen. The cities are losing money which in turn cuts services that we have taken for granted. So many people have lost jobs which cuts down on the ability to pay increased taxes so again we have the rock and the hard spot.
I know the recovery of our economy will take time but this is a very difficult time in our history and we must make the right decisions and put the right politicians in office. I do not believe we can afford to make mistakes. We must be diligent and study the issues and vote with honesty and integrity.
I know we will survive these hard times but only time will tell how well we do.