There are so many great reasons to vote this coming Tuesday - to support your favorite candidates, to have your say on controversial issues like the marriage amendment or the voter ID amendment, to support your local school district, or to help set the course this country will take over the next four years.
Best of all, you will taking part in an exercise that has made our nation and our form of government the leading light in world for freedom, democracy and concern for the rights of the people.
When our forefathers threw off the yoke of English rule, they did not opt for another monarchy or for an aristocracy where the landed gentry, the wealthy and the educated controlled things. They set up a system where the people themselves controlled the government, electing representatives to make laws that would protect their rights.
The more people who participate in these elections, the better we all are served.
The ballots we cast are like the red blood cells coursing through the body's veins and arteries. One little cell doesn't add or subtract to the body's health by its presence or absence, but take away too many and the body becomes anemic and weak. So it is with government. If we want a strong, vigorous, representative government we need to make it so with our votes.
Over the past few years we've seen photos of people in Iraq and Afghanistan, proudly holding up an ink-stained finger to show that they have voted, often for the first time in their lives. Often they have walked miles, braving terrorists' bullets and bombs, to exercise this precious right.
How many Americans would do that? How many decide it's just too much trouble to head to the local polling place and wait a few minutes to cast their vote?
We urge everyone who is able to get to the polls Tuesday and vote.