Get out and vote on Tuesday

Election Day is near and we encourage all who are physically capable to do so to get out and vote. Veterans Day is also near. Thousands and thousands of American military patriots died to preserve our right to vote — our right to exist in a democracy. If that alone doesn’t compel you to go out and exercise your right on Tuesday, what would?

Those who don’t vote but will continue to complain, complain and complain through this newspaper, other media outlets and, of course, all of the fair, balanced and objective (chuckle) social post sites out there should shut up. If you don’t vote, don’t gripe. Pretty simple, huh?

Although next year’s election will be as volatile as a volcano topped off by the presidential election, this year’s local election’s has some hotly-contested races. It will be interesting to see how things shake out.

Salem will have races for the mayor’s office and three council seats. A Perry Township trustee seat is up.

There are other key races throughout other locales in our readership area. In the county, there are two municipal court judge contest. And so on.

We thank those who are running. Regardless of your political bent, running for office requires time and, quite often, personal expense. You often walk around with a bull’s-eye on your back.

To those running, best of luck. To those voting, thank you too. This is how it is suppose to be in the great land of ours. It is called being an American.