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October 30, 2012

BRADBERRY: Feeling tricked & cheated? Happy Halloween!

Niagara Gazette — Here they come again — ghosts, goblins, zombies and costumed politicians, some looking for sweet treats, some begging for sugar-coated votes.

Unfortunately for me, I won’t be able to hand out candy from my porch this year, doctor’s orders, but I did cast my absentee ballot already.

Sorry, kids.

Not among the highly sought after “undecided,” I made up my mind a long time ago who and what I want my sweet little votes to support; not willing to be tricked, cheated and mistreated ever again by real demons masquerading as honest politicians, I refuse to be confused and distracted by the hype. As elected officials unpopularity numbers demonstrate, especially regarding Congress, too many voters have become so frustrated and disgusted with politics and government in general, especially with the abundance of negative political campaign advertising, they have simply tuned out of the process.

But WE cannot afford not to participate.

At least once Halloween is gone, the candy goes on sale at half price, but when the elections are over, we are pretty much stuck with whatever we got, and as the old saying goes, “Sometimes you get and sometimes you get got.”

Once again, at this point in our nation’s and our city’s development it is critically important that we know when we’re being tricked, treated or cheated; the problem is, sometimes we cannot tell the difference until its too late.

Elections should be about the future, not battles about the past; we should have learned from our mistakes by now.

We have a number of opportunities before us now which, if handled right, could lead us back in the right direction, giving us a real chance for a brighter future, one that is easily within our grasp and attainable within our children’s if not our own lifetimes.

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