Letters for 10-20-2016

Make certain every vote counts
If you can hold on just a little while longer
without losing your sanity, in two weeks the
nastiness will be over.
It’s certainly safe to say that never in
our nation’s history has there been a more
divisive campaign for president that will
thankfully come to an end when voters go to
the polls on November 8.
It may be difficult for some to get to the
polls, which will be open between 6 a.m. and
8 p.m. If you even think you might not make
it, please take time to vote early at the Union
Parish Registrar of Voter’s Office. With the
exception of Sunday, early votes may be cast
between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. October 25
through November 1 at 303 East Water Street
in Farmerville.
Perhaps, like us, you have wondered
why Congress, in 1845, set the date for
presidential elections “on the first Tuesday
following the first Monday in November.”
At the time, America was an almostexclusively
agricultural economy. Farmers
planted in spring, tended their crops in
summer, which by fall had mostly been
harvested. Tuesday was selected because,
at the time, many voters had to travel great
distances to cast their ballots. The “first
Tuesday after the first Monday” figured into
the equation for two reasons: Many business
owners closed their books on the previous
month on the first of the following month,
and November 1 – All Saints Day – is a church
holiday for many religions.
Now to the business at hand.
One page back, you will find a sample
of the ballots you’ll find when you cast your
vote. We have provided a detailed look at
six (more!) amendments to the Louisiana
Constitution, with information provided from
the Public Affairs Research Council.
We urge you to pay close attention to the
entire ballot. It never ceases to amaze us
that when votes are tallied in elections that
a large – and constantly growing – number of
people don’t care enough to vote on all the
issues included on the ballot.
With crowded fields in the race to replace
retiring U.S. Sen. David Vitter and for the
U.S. House seat being vacated by Rep. John
Fleming – among those seeking the Senate
seat – coupled with perhaps two seats on
the Farmerville Board of Aldermen, chances
are you’ll have a chance to return to the
polls on December 10. Ballots that month
will also include crucial tax renewals for the
Union Parish Police Jury and Farmerville Fire
Regardless of which candidate receives
your vote, we remind you that praying for ALL
elected officials isn’t just a good idea. It’s an
instruction found in God’s word. Even if it’s
not the one you voted for.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications,
prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be
made for all people, for kings and all who are
in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful
and quiet life, godly and dignified in every
way.” (2 Timothy 2:1-2).