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Show your appreciation with your vote

Posted: October 25, 2012 - 2:02pm  |  Updated: October 26, 2012 - 8:42am

Kenai Peninsula voters will notice a couple of uncontested races on their November 6 ballot. There is no Democrat or Independent running for the Senate District O seat (Kenai south to Homer of the House District 29 seat (Kenai-Soldotna-Kasilof area). The two Republicans won their primaries and are now unopposed on the ballot. They have stated their support for their party platform which does not trust women to make their own reproductive decisions. The Senate candidate speaks against the Senate Bipartisan Coalition which held the line on the Republican governor’s massive oil tax giveaway; the incumbent House member voted for the giveaway last session.

So what are we to do with our precious votes if we are pro-choice and/or pro-coalition? Where are the moderates? We need to find and support capable, hard-working and ethical people who share our concerns. Sadly, only 10 percent of women and 20 percent of men ever consider a run for public office. Yet we all know people who have lived a life of selfless volunteer service to their community. Or a smart young person who has just stepped onto the same compassionate path. So let’s turn this dilemma into an opportunity. Think of a person you wish were running. Write-in their name on that ballot, then tell them you did so and tell them why. Call it an appreciation vote, an encouragement vote. Call it a first step in finding and supporting candidates who care about the health and education of our children, the equal personhood of women, fiscal stability and good jobs in an unpolluted environment. Next election, we may have some real choices!

Of course you have the choice to not vote in those races or to write in your favorite cartoon character (Big Bird may be looking for work, but I can’t help thinking that a stronger and more positive statement could be made by writing in the name of a person who exemplifies what you would like to see in leadership).

Finally, I would like to thank Liz Diament and Ron Devon for stepping forward to offer us choices in the other peninsula races.

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spwright
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spwright 10/27/12 - 07:49 am
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It's Very Very Simple

Sat. 10/27/2012
It's Very Very Simple. IF You are a American then You will VOTE. SPW"Airborne"

Norseman
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Norseman 10/27/12 - 09:00 am
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ditto what SPW said

ditto what SPW said

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 10/27/12 - 09:59 am
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You don't have to vote to be an AMERICAN, PERIOD.

AMAZING, ABSOLUTELY AMAZING THIS FORCED MIND SET.
As my son who is still in service for us all said it.
"If your Daddy pays for everything you need to survive, then you don't get to vote until you are able to stand on your own two feet and support your self without SUGAR DADDYS HANDOUTS." I'm not saying this should be applied to ALL Americans, but the boy does have a good point.
Inability to vote unless you work and are not DEPENDANT ON GOVT.? Is this whats next in order to be an American?
The list of PRESUMED Qualifications is endless in this type of mind set that your not an American unless you vote.
Then their starts the hate and total discust for those that do vote and are Supposedly Good Americans now for voing, but OOPS! You say who you voted for and it's back to being an idiot and hater of OUR Preez. or which every candidate you did not vote for.
Absolutely absurd this mind set against people that DO VOTE, OR DON'T VOTE.
WE THE PEOPLE OF THE "DIVIDED" STATES(CITIES) OF AMERICA WILL FALL FROM THIS MIND SET OF CONTROL OF OTHERS.

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analaskancitizen 10/28/12 - 07:33 pm
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verrrrrrrrry interesting

'Can't help liking this idea for now and future reference. It's making me think of the people in our community who might never have considered running for office that have integrity and are committed to the community.

I've got an idea or two about who I'll write in this time and I'm looking forward to telling them what I did. It beats "Goofy" or "Dilbert" - even though I can easily spell each.

So, if you aren't thrilled with your non-choice in this election, grab a vision for the future and thoughtfully cast your vote for a real someone. It's not a protest. It just seems like a good idea even though it won't change this election. I'm smiling just thinking about telling my "choices" that I wrote in their names and why.

and I think it is still very American - and forward thinking.

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Watchman on the Wall 11/01/12 - 11:20 am
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It's very simple if your Christian you'll vote.

So as Americans we should vote or we are not really Americans?
How about if your not a Christ follower then your not American?
How about if you don't vote for the DEMOS then your not American?
How about if you don't vote for the Repubs then your not American?
Where and when will this madness stop and WHO is RIGHT?
I agree we ALL should vote for OUR MORALLY GUIDED candidates and if their MORALS are TOTALLY out of line and have a dseire to FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE OUR OLD HOPE(in God) INTO THEIR NEW HOPE(another god), THEN WE SHOULD STOP AND CONSIDER EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE SAYING AND WHY AND IF IT'S REALLY A GOOD FOR ALL AMERICANS DEAL.
Forced Voting or Forced Religion or Forced anything else usually point to MANS DESIRE TO CONTROL AND HERD PEOPLE AWAY FROM THE TRUTH AND INTO FALSE HOPES THAT NEVER PRODUCE ANY HOPE FOR ANYONE.

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radiokenai 11/12/12 - 08:56 am
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spright
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Not surprised...another liberal trying to tell other people what they will and won't do. Good luck on that one pal!

radiokenai
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radiokenai 11/12/12 - 08:58 am
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Norseman and SPwright
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I am trying to figure out which one of you two is the side kick to the other? Or are you both sidekicks?

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jennyname 01/19/13 - 01:39 am
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Best wishes!

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