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September 6, 2010

Helping Hand-out

My state senator showed up at my door on Saturday afternoon. Dressed plainly, she handed me a brochure and asked if there was anything that she could help me with. I said "no, thanks", and thanked her for stopping by.  I read through the brochure and gained a little better insight into her thinking and her past; in fact, I might just vote for her based on her positions, track record, and the fact that she is canvassing and asking questions on a hot Saturday in a most unassuming way.

Now this is not the ultimate rationale for voting for or against somebody, but it sure made a lot better impression on me than having a bunch of people standing on the roadway with insincere smiles trying to distract me from the job at hand- driving in stop and go traffic every morning. We need more people who are involved in their communities at the grassroots level, who really have their constituents' best interests at hand and prove it, literally walking the walk, not just talking or waving.

What we don't need are career politicians, those who simply run every couple of years to maintain a job and maintain the status quo. What we don't need are people in government providing lip service about being pro-education, pro-job creation, and/or pro-environment who really just want to stay employed, putting in years of so-called service, even if it means rowing in the same boat with people and ideas they don't think are right. We need fighters, believers, and change-masters in office, not "perfunctionaries" most interested in their own health benefits and retirement plans.  Is anybody listening? Think about it…

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