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Elections and other things that cause heartburn

It's election time again. Last week, my cohort Kristopher Wells covered the election television advertisements that focus on the negative aspect of the opponent. It seems the candidates don't focus on what they hope to accomplish while in office. But I have to admit, that even when they do, I have a hard time swallowing it.

In my 20-plus years of voting, I've heard candidates promise the moon, then when elected, they seem to forget what they wanted to do. Maybe they found their promises impossible to keep, but it does make one wonder.

This week, I have had the pleasure of interviewing all the local school board candidates. Each one is definitely a different personality, yet they all share the same bond - a heart burdened for our children. Each one would like to see 100 percent of all children excel in school and graduate with honors. Yet even before they take office, each candidate realizes the big obstacles that have more to do with influences of low morals in society and less to do with the facts in a text book. But this hasn't deterred them from running for office. Neither should it deter voters from going to the polls.

So many people feel voting is useless because politicians seem to only help themselves or their own agendas. That in itself is the reason voting is essential. If Joe Blow isn't doing what you feel is the right thing, then next time vote for John Doe. And in the meantime, write Joe Blow letters and make phone calls. It really isn't difficult, and every single time, I guarantee you'll receive a response. Okay, I can also guarantee the response is written by a perky, young staff member who is hired for that purpose. But hopefully somewhere between the lines is the statement, "My name is Joe Blow, and I approve this message."

Come cast your vote in a differnt way at the annual Chili Cook Off Friday night at the Board of Education Central Office parking lot. Last year was my first time to attend the event. It was just plain fun, and everybody and their brother was there. Not only do I love chili, but the festivities that went into making the booths the most-visited made the evening even more fun.

If you come, please stop by The Mirror's booth. Our publisher, Jason Smith, cooks a mean Wild Turkey chili (made with Wild Turkey Bourbon and ground beef). He also makes a White Chicken Chili, which is my personal favorite. Because we like to compete amongst ourselves, Kristopher also brings a bean-less, beef-less chili. But all the credit goes to his wife, Priscilla, who makes it just the way Kristopher likes it.

All proceeds from the event provide scholarships to seniors at Thomson High School or supplies for needy children. How could a bowl of chili get any better?

Web posted on Thursday, November 02, 2006

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