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Every election is important, and everyone’s vote counts



Published: Mon, March 5, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Of all the things Americans take for granted — and there are many — one of the most shocking continues to be the right to vote.

Voting in the United States is not a privilege. It is not a promise. For anyone who takes a few minutes to register, it is a right.

This past year has seen people die for the cause of democracy in the streets in the Middle East and Africa. They are dying today in Syria.

Make no mistake, the replacement of autocratic or even dictatorial regimes in some countries with democratic governance will not always reflect the preferences of American foreign policy. And in some nations, what passes for democracy is a sham, with the party in power limiting or even eliminating opposition before election day.

But those are aberrations. They don’t negate the basic truth that choosing leaders through the elective process may not be perfect, but it beats the next best thing by a mile.

Here in the United States we have become so complacent that only a fraction of our citizens bother to register. Only a fraction of those who register bother to vote.

This Tuesday, we are called once again to the polls in Ohio. This is not exactly a barn burner. There are no countywide issues on the ballot in Mahoning, Trumbull or Columbiana counties. Many of the partisan races are not races at all — they’re uncontested or the incumbents face only token opposition.

But there are some exceptions. There are hotly contested races in Mahoning County for one of the two commissioner’s seats and for prosecutor and sheriff. In Trumbull County there are two races worth watching, those for sheriff and for the 64th Ohio House seat.

And while nationally, all eyes will be on Ohio on Super Tuesday because of its implications for the front runners in the GOP presidential race, until today the candidates have ignored the Mahoning Valley. Mitt Romney will be the first of the candidates to visit here when he holds a town-hall forum at the Salt Springs Industrial Park. Until that appearance, the closest any of the front four had come to us was Rick Santorum’s visit to Steubenville.

In the weeks leading up to the election, Vindicator editors met with candidates in several local races and issued endorsements based on those interviews. Our rationale in each case was laid out in endorsement editorials that ran in this space.

Today we list those endorsements:

Congress, 6th District

Democrat: Charlie Wilson

Republican: Bill Johnson

Mahoning County

Commissioner (1/2/13 term): Anthony Traficanti

Commissioner (1/3/13 term): Walter Pishkur

Prosecutor: Paul Gains

Sheriff: Jerry Greene

Trumbull county

Sheriff: Thomas L. Altiere

64th Ohio House

Democrat: Tom Letson

Republican: Randy Law

Taxing decisions

We also urge everyone living in areas where there are tax issues on the ballot to get to the polls. Whether you believe your township or school district is a careful steward of your tax dollars and has made a strong case for renewal or additional funding, or whether you believe cuts should or must be made, you have no valid complaint over the outcome if you don’t bother to vote.


Comments

1Vote_Oz(15 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

It’s time for you to decide the future of Mahoning County.

Not David Betras, not the “get along, go along” gang, Vindicator or anyone else, it’s your decision now.

I’ve been listening to the concerns that people have, and they want someone who will standup and make Mahoning County a better place for families to live and businesses to prosper.

When I’m in the Commissioner’s office I’m going to make decisions that are good for everyone, not just a select few.

We can “Change the View” of Mahoning County!

Vote Oz for Mahoning County Commissioner

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2howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

You do have an CHOICE!
Ask for a Green Party ballot on Tuesday.
I am running for Mahoning County Commissioner (Howard Markert).
Jim Villani for County Recorder.
Joseph Rosario DeMare (write in) for US Senate (he needs 500 votes to be on the November ballot).

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3howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

If elected Commissioner I will work towards:

Establishing a County Bank (Public) that will act as a central bank providing money for smaller mortgages, home improvement loans, and small and micro business loans. Because the bank will be owned by the county the profits will go into the county general fund greatly reducing the need for property or sales tax increases in the future. This bank would not deal directly with customers but would provide money so that existing commercial banks would have funds for loans that don't conform to their current standards. This idea is not new, it would be based on the State Bank of North Dakota which was established in 1919 and has operated successfully through the Great Depression and more recently our Great Recession.

A county wide moratorium on foreclosure evictions (we don't need more blighted homes in our county) with severe penalties for filing foreclosures with fraudulent documents.

A resolution in support of a statewide moratorium on injection wells and hydraulic fracturing, and a countywide permanent ban of hydraulic fracturing (this would be non-binding as the state has taken away our rights on this matter).

A resolution calling for the end of Corporate Personhood (overturning the Citizens United ruling)

A resolution to preserve green spaces throughout the county and create more where possible by encouraging returning unused land in the county to be returned to its natural forested state with native species.

Vote Howard Markert for County Commissioner.

YOU do have a Choice, ask for the GREEN party ballot.

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4Delphisalariedretirees(76 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Government intervention in the GM/Delphi bankruptcies allows over 500,000 retirees to receive 100% of their pensions, while slashing those of 22,000 Delphi retirees by 30-70%! If this travesty is not fixed, then it can happen to YOU! President Obama must restore the FULL earned pensions of the Delphi retirees!

Join the fight to correct this injustice by visiting www.facebook.com/DelphiRetirees and www.twitter.com/DelphiRetirees Share these pages with your friends also!

Let's send a message to Washington and make Obama live up to his words that "if you work hard and play by the rules then you've earned your pension". Here is the video of his promise - http://tinyurl.com/89xdwx4

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5redeye1(4711 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Make it very easy, VOTE OUT all incumbents !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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6ytown67(22 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Its time for a change, we need new leadership in this county. Vote Greene for sheriff, Vote Ditzler for commissioner, and Vote Jay for prosecutor. Its time for some young blood to take over and make the changes that are needed inthis valley. With Greene and Jay they will make a great team in enforcing justice in Mahoning County. Gains has to go, he is so ineffective. He cant find the courthouse. Lets make the changes and vote GREENE, DITZLER and JAY

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7Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Voting in the United States is not a privilege. It is not a promise. For anyone who takes a few minutes to register, it is a right
Better yet it is your DUTY
If you do not vote do not &itch about who got in .

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