The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

April 8, 2014

Our View: Voting makes a difference

— All the debates, campaign signs, paid advertising and endorsements won’t make an iota of difference if people do not vote.

Spring elections, typically the stepchild of all elections, usually get little attention from voters. But this one could be different. In fact, the large bump in absentee voting already proves that there’s a lot of interest among the public.

School bond issues in Neosho and Carthage should attract voters, while Webb City voters are being asked to approve a bond issue to build a new swimming pool and Carl Junction has proposed a bond issue for baseball and softball fields.

Joplin residents are expected to turn out to vote in heated council and school board elections as well as decide on proposed changes to the charter and on a curbside recycling proposal.

Today is the day the public gets to hire or fire with the single mark of a pen. Today is the day the people decide if they want change and expansion of public services in their town or if they think the status quo is good enough.

We have made one endorsement in this election, and that’s in favor of the curbside recycling proposal. We think it’s the right thing to do. We also think the council can do better in negotiating a price. Whether that happens with the current hauler or bids are taken for a new hauler, none of that will actually happen unless the public gets the ball rolling.

Today, though, it’s about the public’s decision. For those who sit the election out, none of their opinions will count.

Today’s your day. Go vote.

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