Time to forget the trials of the last few days and get ready to exercise the most fundamental right as a citizen of the United States of America. It's time to vote.
Tuesday - just five days away - is Election Day. That's special enough, but the fact that we are about to choose a president for the next four years makes it extremely important. Also on the ballot are seats in Congress, the General Assembly and U.S. Senate.
Just consider how important these offices are. At both the state and federal level, these are the people who enact the laws that we all live by. And the President, of course, is our Commander in Chief.
What's really most important, though, is the act of voting. The more eligible citizens vote, the stronger our republic becomes. To vote is a sacred privilege, and one that should never be taken lightly.
If you are registered to vote, by all means get to the polls on Tuesday. Take a photo ID along if you like, but at least for now that's not necessary. Don't let the weather, or your busy schedule or any other excuse keep you away. There's simply nothing else more important for you to do on that day. Your vote matters.
For those of you who are eligible to vote but are not registered, we say shame on you. And don't come crying around here when an elected official does something you don't like. Just be sure to sign up for the next election.
It's time to vote. It's time to be an American.