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Getting close to 2017

Posted Tuesday, October 11, 2016, at 8:48 AM

We are almost halfway into October giving us only 82 days (counting today) left in 2016. We start on Jan. 1 each year with 365 days (unless it is a leap year and then we can add one. The year is almost gone and we can ask once again, where have the days gone.

With only 82 days left in the year, we have only about 76 days left until Christmas with Thanksgiving in between. As I go into the stores and see all of the Christmas decorations on display I think it is too soon but really, it is not. Seventy-five days pass very fast.

Before the holidays, we have the general election. I don't like to talk politics in my column but it is close and we all have to make up our minds who we will vote for. As a rule, there is a larger turnout of voters during the presidential election years. We will be voting our choices for local, county, state and national leaders. Election day is Nov. 8 making it less than a month away. Early voting makes it even sooner.

I know we need to take time to vote because it is our right and our privilege.

In addition to our candidates, we have several issues on the ballot. I will not try to tell you how to vote, but I hope we all do our homework and know what we are voting for.

Sometimes the wording on the issues can be confusing. When we vote yes on something it sometimes means no and vice versa.

Through the years men and women have fought for the right to vote. All citizens have not always had the right to cast the vote of their choice.

I am sure young women today can't imagine a time when they could not vote ust because they were not men. Voting a privilege we should never take for granted.

The first presidential election I remember taking notice of was during my elementary years in Aurora, Ill. I was too young to vote but there were a lot of debates going on. Our history teacher had us research the candidates and learn all we could about them. The candidates were John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Richard Milhouse Nixon. As we know from history or being there, Kennedy won the election becoming our 35th president and Nixon ran again later becoming our 37th president.

Here we are in 2016 about to elect our 45th President who will take office on Jan. 20, 2017.

Let's hope and pray our country will have good years ahead and our leaders in Washington, D.C. (elected by the people, for the people) will remember they are there to serve and not be served.

I know their jobs cannot be easy. They have to make hard decisions, but hopefully their votes will be what is best for our country.

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Revis Blaylock has been on staff with the Manila Town Crier for over 35 years. She has enjoyed making friends in all the areas that the Town Crier covers. This blog contains her general ramblings about events throughout Buffalo Island. She welcomes your comments and ideas for future stories.
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