Normally you would be urged to not forget to get out to the polls and cast your vote. We would be telling you what time the polling locations opened and which school or church to go to cast your vote based on where you live.
Well, that's all changed now. Now we receive the information in the mail weeks ahead of time. There is no chatting with the people who register you at the polling place, or with your neighbor who happened to just come out of the curtained booth.
It is pretty cold and impersonal this new way of voting...voting by mail. It has taken some of the fun and intrigue out of the process, but nonetheless it is just as important as ever, maybe even more so.
Sure, you would much rather have spent some time and gas getting to the polling place to vote, but now it costs you 37¢ to do your civic duty.
So now you need to take the time to open the envelope, read the instructions and cast that all-important vote. That vote that so many millions of people around the world do not have the freedom to cast.
You need to be a part of the decision on whether people will be allowed to smoke in public places or repeal motor vehicle fuel tax increases.
Even more important to us are the local races.
Be sure you cast your vote for the people you feel you can depend on and trust to help run your local city government and school system.
These people deserve your vote. Just be sure your vote is done for the right reasons. Don't let emotions get in the way.
We need intelligent, up-front individuals to make educated decisions about Sunnyside and the future of our children's educations.
Join me in opening my ballot, filling in the dots with a black pen and putting my 37¢ on the envelope to make sure the state, county and local government know what my 2 cents worth is all about.
Get out your stamps and vote. It's the right thing to do.