Freedom is a word used often in reference to military protection, our founding fathers and the rights and privileges afforded us in America, among many other things.
Among those rights is one that is crucial, especially today, and that is our Constitutional right to vote.
Our elected officials – from the roles of constables all the way to governor and those who will represent us in Congress – are on the ballot today in Wilson County for voters to select or at least narrow down with respect to the various primaries.
Also included on Thursday’s ballot are whether our state’s Supreme Court justices and other appeleate court judges should be retained or replaced.
Wilson County voters will further decide whether a half-cent sales tax will be imposed to be split among our public education systems and the municipalities we rely upon for services, such as police and fire protection and paving upgrades for our streets, among many other things.
To borrow an age-old and much-used clíché, it’s time now to speak now or forever hold our peace.
The fact is, it is as important now as it ever has been to select those people who deserve to represent us in office, whether the decision is based on skills, reputation, record, service or all of the above. What’s most important, however, is the exercise of making that decision. Every vote counts.
For the thousands of Wilson County voters who have already cast ballots through early voting during this election season, we applaud and appreciate you making your voice heard. In advance of those who plan to vote Thursday, we offer the same accolades.
But for those who made the choice to be apathetic in voting during this significant election in Wilson County, we are forced to offer no kind words. For those people, there’s just no excuse for neglecting this sacred gift so many before us have fought so hard to give and protect.
Rest assured whatever the outcome of these important elections, there will be winners and those not as fortunate. We graciously thank everyone who put themselves out there for the beliefs they have and the ideas they strive to enact.
Above all, however, democracy is the winner on this and every Election Day, and that is what’s most important.