The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 12, 2012

Your View: Vote

By Maurice Filson
Special to The Globe

JOPLIN, Mo. — The voters of Joplin (at least those who voted) recently did two things. They just spent $62 million while having a balance on a previous bond issue and, they increased my property taxes.

The Joplin School District bond passed by a small margin, but that’s irrelevant at this stage. What is relevant is the voters and that’s what this letter is really about. Will this letter do any good? Probably not, but my effort is worth something to me. In the 2008 election when the Republicans had an impact on the election, Jasper County had 78,743 registered voters with 48,440 ballots cast, leaving an absence of 30,303 voters. Shall I say shame on us, or at least somebody?

If this same ratio carries into the 2012 presidential election, guess who just may be returned to the White House.

Don’t complain to me if gas, groceries, medical costs and auto repair go through the roof if Barack Obama is returned. I will vote, even if it’s for Mitt Romney. No, he’s not my preference, but we only have one choice.

I wonder what difference the possible 30,303 nonvoters will make in November. I am a U.S. Navy veteran and we have thousands of men and women serving overseas, fighting for our privilege of voting. Are you aware that voting is essentially denied in Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan? And if they do vote, they have to walk for miles through possible war zones to vote. Even if you may not care for Obama, and you (the 30,303) don’t vote, by not voting you may put him back in office.

Yes, your vote counts.

Maurice Filson