The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

March 10, 2014

Our View: Talk is cheap, go vote

— If you are a registered voter, you still have several weeks to discuss the upcoming spring election set for April 8.

But if you have never registered to vote or you’ve moved and need to change your place of residence, then the clock’s ticking. The end of day Wednesday is your deadline.

You can register at your county clerk’s office or, in Missouri, you can now go to the secretary of state’s website and register online. Just be sure you do so by 5 p.m. on Wednesday. You can also find other information that will be useful to you if you are a first-time voter.

Voting gives you a chance to be a part of the decision-making in your community, whether it is by voting for a school board or city council candidate of your choice, or by weighing in on ballot issues such as Joplin’s curbside recycling question or its charter amendment questions.

Carl Junction residents will be voting on a $2 million bond issue to be used for parks and recreation, while in Carthage, an $18 million school bond issue will be on he ballot.

Webb City voters will be asked to approve a $2.5 million bond issue for an aquatic center, while in Neosho, voters will decide a $24 million bond issue for a new junior high school and will have an opportunity to decide if Neosho’s city charter needs an ethics code.

Certainly, you can talk about the issues all you want. You can write a letter to this newspaper and voice your opinion. You can also send letters to your school board and city council representatives to let them know how you feel about an issue.

But the bottom line is that unless you show up at the polls and participate in the process, you are all talk and no bite.

Be a part of the conversation this year. Register to vote, and go to the polls.

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  • Your View: Time value of money

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    We voters are now being urged to vote on Aug. 5 for Amendment 7 “to fix our roads, highways and bridges.”

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  • Our view: 'Yes' on 7

    Opponents of Amendment 7 say this: “Missouri families are already hard pressed to pay their bills during this period of slow economic recovery.”

    July 26, 2014

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