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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Jun 12, 2008

When the Emmet County Board of Supervisors canvassed last Tuesday’s election this Tuesday, there were some write-in votes that raised a few eyebrows.

“Anyone”, “None of the above”, “Mickey Mouse”, and “I.P. Freely” were among the write-ins.

Undoubtedly, the reason for listing some of those write-in votes was to register disgruntlement or discontent with the slate of candidates. And those doing some of those write-ins made that loud and clear.

However, wouldn’t it make just as much sense to write-in the name of an actual person living in Emmet County?

Let’s say you have a favorite boss or employee and you want to do nice something for that person. Maybe write in his or her name for U.S. Representative. Make that person’s day.

Our ancestors fought long and hard to give us the right to vote. To abuse that privilege is to cast a shadow on the sacred and cherished duty of voting.

We have had some very close elections in the last few years that could have gone differently had people taken their right to vote seriously. To stay at home from the polls just because you don’t think your candidate is going to win is to give up before the contest is even decided.

And if you don’t like the people who are running, consider running for office yourself. After all, every professional politician was once a common citizen, someone who was elected to and served in a local office before going on to a state or national position.

Serving in a publicly elected position is one of those sacred trusts, just like jury duty or voting. It’s something that every person should at least consider.

Meanwhile, if you didn’t vote in last Tuesday’s primary, make sure you vote in the next election. With same-day registration now in Iowa, there’s no longer an excuse for not voting.

So do your duty. Vote responsibly. And make your vote count.

Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Jun 12, 2008

In what has been called “historic” flooding complicated by a plethora of tornadoes, Iowans are coming together to help one another in the state’s midsection and northeastern tier.

Nearly 4,000 homes were evacuated in Cedar Rapids Thursday and more than 200 homes were evacuated north of downtown Des Moines due to fears that flooding would strand residents. Gov. Chet Culver has declared 55 of the state’s 99 counties as state disaster areas, with nine rivers at or above historic flood levels.

Fortunately for Iowans, though, it is happening in Iowa.

So why on earth would be say that?

It’s because Iowa emergency responders are, quite simply, the best in the world.

That was proven three years ago when Hurricane Katrina bludgeoned the Gulf Coast. Emergency responders from throughout the nation came to Mississippi and Louisiana. At a major evacuation center in an abandoned K-mart store a few miles up from the Gulf, the responders were in a quagmire, wondering what to do.

What was when the Iowans took charge.

Like a fine-tuned military machine, they turned chaos into a case study in logistics, getting supplies and help where they were needed.

Fortunately, those are the same people that are helping now, here today, as we deal with tornadoes and floods. And they’re doing an admirable job.

What’s more, you can help too.

The American Red Cross is at the scene, setting up shelters and meals for victims where needed. All disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money. To help, call 1-800-HELP NOW or send contributions to your local American Red Cross Chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Jun 12, 2008

Red, White and Blue a.k.a. United States of America! The colors bond all of us into a tight weave visible on our national tapestry.

It really doesn’t matter what color our skin is, what we do for a living, what religion we follow, what opinions we have formed or what scars and faults we have.

We are Americans who know who we are and what makes this nation special.

The same holds true for the most recognizable symbol in the world. While Americans may be despised, envied and even hated, the majority of global residents know the true goodness of the Red, White and Blue. Most have been on the receiving end of our charitable acts in forms of sustenance and the good ‘ole American dollar in times of war, natural calamities and other catastrophic situations.

Old Glory – Where does she wave? – outside every United States Post Office, every school, in churches, at most sporting events, military sites in war and peace, at every governmental building (local, state and federal). Her presence has circled the sphere at different times during our rich history.

The flag can also be spotted at businesses, institutions and front lawns whose owners choose to unfurl American pride.

We must never forget she waves “freely” because of every brave man and woman who freely sacrificed and gave their time and perhaps their lives, all in the name of the United States and for everything its stands for – “one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all.”

Saturday is Flag Day; a national holiday to honor our colors. It is also an ideal time to appreciate the fact you are an American. Central Avenue will be adorned with flags as a true testament to the American spirit, thanks to the Estherville’s electrical department crew.

Be happy and be proud to be American!