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OUR VIEW: Vote today, and be grateful you can

Today is a day of great significance to the people of Mitchell, and we hope readers understand its importance. Today is Election Day, not only here in Mitchell but in other towns in the region as well.

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Today is a day of great significance to the people of Mitchell, and we hope readers understand its importance. Today is Election Day, not only here in Mitchell but in other towns in the region as well.

We suppose we repeat ourselves every election season, but once again, we have a few requests.

We ask that all registered voters participate today. We understand that some people just aren't too interested in politics. Yet we remind readers that staying engaged is a great way to show civic involvement. Please vote.

We ask that everyone consider the efforts spent by the many good people who are running for office today. By this time tomorrow, there will be a few winners and several losers, but they all deserve credit for wanting to make a difference. They have spent much of their own money and even more of their own time on this cause, and we commend them for doing so.

We disagree politically with many folks who seek office in this state, but for the most part, we respect those with whom we differ and still warmly wish them luck in their future endeavors. We hope others behave similarly.

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And we ask that people pay little heed to negative political advertising that may have arrived on their doorstep, over the airwaves or in their mailbox in the waning hours of election season. Negativity in politics is often par for the course, but it takes on a dastardly tone when it's done so late in the game that an opponent has no time to defend himself.

As the polls open today, we wish all candidates good luck, remind all readers to vote and thank heaven that we live in a country where this is all possible.

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