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Letter: Get educated and vote

Ballots have been mailed out and it is time to participate. I believe voting is not only a right but an obligation. So many people before us have contributed immense effort risking their lives to allow for all of us to have the right to vote. So much of the world does not have this luxury, and not too long ago many citizens of this country were not allowed to vote, people of color and women being two of the largest contingencies.

It is up to us as a society to get educated on issues and candidates. Be informed citizens aware of what is affecting us, and our surroundings. Ask questions, be curious and get involved.

When we chose not to vote, we are choosing to relinquish our power. We are saying we do not care. We are waving a white towel of surrender, a surrender whose apathy results in the remorse of regret. For when we the people step out of our power is when it is usurped by the roots of greed, corruption, and cunning ill will.

I am extremely disappointed to be a part of a generation that has the greatest access to information to date and yet the lowest voter turnout. We are the future and the actions we take now will affect our lives greatly. So please register to vote and take the time to get educated and involved, no excuses. You can register in less than 5 minutes at: http://www.govotecolorado.com.

I urge you to vote in local elections, which have an immediate and direct impact on your community. Here in Carbondale we are fortunate to have many great candidates running for three Board of Trustees positions. I fully support and will be voting for Allyn Harvey (incumbent), Dan Richardson and Ben Bohmfalk. These three candidates are well-informed, educated good listeners who will work to do what is best for the community and the future. I will also be voting yes on Ballot Initiatives 2A and 2B to help improve our sustainability efforts and capital needs respectively.

I am so thankful for all who are so involved in this community and I look forward to more to step up.

A.J. Hobbs

Carbondale trustee

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