I think I’ll vote “for” instead of “against”

Shawn Magrath

Hey, let’s start with a quote by Winston Churchill: “A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen.”

Election day is here – finally. Time to remove the “Vote for John Smith” pins, stop knocking on doors and take away the political campaign signs that decorate so many front lawns (except in Coventry where someone felt obligated to remove them days ago). They say that those who don’t vote can’t complain about the outcome and though I’m not sure I agree with that, I look forward to voting today. I appreciate all the candidates willing to talk to me the past few weeks and wish them the best of luck in all their endeavors. For the candidates who didn’t return my phone calls, the light flashing on your answering machine means you have a message. It’s not broken.

I commend the candidates who are running for their own significant purpose this year (and there is a lot of them). Unfortunately, I’ve (somehow) received the impression that many are running only in an effort to cease any further attempts of gas drilling in the area. I admire this, but realistically, there’s more happening. I haven’t taken a stance on gas drilling yet – there are obvious pros and cons – but running for a political position based solely on this one issue is a demonstration of ignorance, just as voting for someone based on one issue is ill-informed. When so much effort is centered on one cause, the result is tunnel vision and that’s a dangerous perspective for anyone, especially those in representation. I hope that returning board members and political newcomers in all townships can turn their attention to the array of issues plaguing local communities and, even if momentarily, segregate themselves from one dominantly popular subject to focus on other matters too.

Shifting gears, it’s a beautiful day out there. Snow in October, shorts in November and maybe a barbecue for Thanksgiving this year – a little bit of beach volleyball should calm the stress of the holiday season. If winter already passed by, I’m looking forward to the rest of spring.