Kirsten Mustain

Editor, Grove Sun

The primary election is this Tuesday and I hope people will get out and vote despite the heat that has cast its sweltering pall over the countryside.

Itís difficult to get out and vote. There are always so many things that need to be done. The heat is oppressive. Itís too humid. You either have to get up early and go before work or you have to eat dinner late. Or you have to find a ride. Or there are too many dishes in the sink and you have to empty the cat litter box. Or you have to drive your daughter to the dentist and you just donít have the time.

I know the drill.

But voting is the price we pay for living in such a great country.

And it isnít such a great price, when you think about it.

In fact, itís a privilege.

As citizens of the United States we have a right to register our opinions about our government. Thatís one of the things that make our country great.

And if you donít believe your vote counts, I ask you to recall the last election where voters in this county defeated the half-cent sales tax increase that would have funded a new correctional facility by four votes.

Four votes.

But it isnít merely a matter of voting.

As citizens who are responsible for the politicians we put in office, we have the obligation to be educated about the choices we make.

We have to decide what issues are important to us and we have to see what the candidates have to say about them.

Far more important than what they say is what theyíve actually done. Most candidates who are experienced are easily researched online. You can visit the web site of whatever legislative body theyíve been a part of and see their voting record. If you donít like to use the Internet, find someone to help you.

My main requirement in a government official is that he or she be intelligent and reasonable.

Politicians have to be problem solvers.

The difficult thing is that politicians are in the business of being slick and telling us what we want to hear.

To me one of the most refreshing and rare experiences in an election season is to meet a candidate who tells it like it is. I have met a couple of them in recent months, and they have will have my vote.

I have never, however, seen a politician who always answers questions directly without the dilution of catch phrases and vague generalizations. If I ever do I might be inclined to begin believing in the Tooth Fairy and the Abominable Snowman, as well.

It would restore the Technicolor to my Disney movie expectations.

Be that as it may, Delaware County always has a very low voter turn out. Generally speaking, more than 80 percent of the countyís registered voters donít visit the polls on Election Day.

If even 50 percent of the registered voters in this county would turn out, imagine what a difference it would make.

It would be the coolest thing ever. And we could use a little cool in this heat.