Niagara Gazette

November 4, 2013

Voters -- it's all in your hands now|EDITORIAL: Voters -- it's all in your hands now

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Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — It’s election season again, a time when newspapers traditionally offer their endorsements for specific candidates.

In recent years, the Niagara Gazette’s editorial board, under the guidance of publisher Peter Mio, has elected against offering any formal endorsements. 

It is our feeling that the voters, who are in many cases our readers, know and understand the issues and are capable of deciding for themselves which candidates to choose.

The board does, however, feel compelled, especially in light of recent events in the city of Niagara Falls, to offer one bit of advice as voters head to the polls on Tuesday.

Being a “watchdog” does not require one to act like a pit bull. It is common for aspiring elected officials to bombard mailboxes with campaign rhetoric suggesting they will be “watchdogs,” always vigilant when it comes to the job of protecting the taxpayers interest or guarding the strings of the public purse. Their track record, sadly, is almost laughable.

The rest is up to you, the voter.

Off-year municipal elections typically draw the lowest voter turnouts of any election year. It should be the opposite. While we obsess endlessly and breathlessly in the media and over the kitchen table about whether a certain former New York senator will run for president in three years not nearly enough attention is paid to representatives who have a much closer-to-home impact.

If you haven’t been paying attention, today’s edition is one final push to drive that information home.

Some readers have strong opinions about local government and politics and that’s great. Others wonder whether it really matters. We’re here to tell you in no uncertain terms: It does matter.

Only a few thousand people will probably turn out to vote Tuesday. Their voices will be the ones that guide decisions large and small about this community. Invariably, some of these races will turn out to be incredibly close.

Your opinions matter only as much as you make them matter. On Election Day it matters more than any other.

So readers, let’s get out the vote.