To the editor:
Here we are at the neck of the funnel, voting day is nearly upon us. Among the candidates, who stands where? What does the future hold for the United States of America? North Carolina? Or even little Ashe County? Who should I choose to lead in each of these offices? All are valid questions.
This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to talk to a young man who had just graduated from college a few months ago. He had gotten a degree in horticulture and was gearing up to help in the local Christmas tree harvest here in Ashe County. He was optimistic about getting full time employment next year. Our chance meeting had begun when he saw me with one of my political signs and asked “what I was running for commissioner of?” I replied, Ashe County Commissioner, to which he stated, “I guess that’s pretty important.”
His apparent apathy for the political process was not from lack of concern, but from feeling overwhelmed with sound bites and information that he could not connect with on a personal level. I am sure lots of other potential voters feel the same way.
With no time for a civics lesson, I stated my position for holding property taxes where they are now. I assured him I support schools and higher education, especially with new lay-offs in the county being announced. I also support positive and affordable economic development. I also asked him, as I am asking you, to arm yourselves with facts about the candidates and most of all, Go Vote.