Editorial: Vote, Part 1

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We here at The East Providence Post and eastprovri.com have attempted to do our part to inform the electorate of the city as the Sept. 11 election approaches. We’ve reached out to the many candidates involved in the primary. We’ve attempted to engage them on some of the important issues of the day. And for the most part, in all modesty, we’ve succeeded in this effort.

With that in mind, there’s only one thing left for our readers to do: VOTE!

There are no endorsements forthcoming, no thoughts on specific candidates, no words of wisdom.

What we encourage all of the East Providence electorate to do is be aware, know who is running, know where the candidates stand on those matters that mean most to you.

You can do that to a certain extent by reading this week’s edition The Post, past issues of the paper or online at our site, www.eastprovri.com. In fact, we encourage you to do so.

But you can also do so by talking to your relatives, friends and neighbors, by becoming part of the process, by fostering a dialogue with them and everyone else you speak with from here until Tuesday and beyond.

The title of this editorial is “Vote, Part 1.” The reason for that is obvious. Tuesday is just the first step in hopefully setting a prosperous plan for our future here in the city and at the State House. The next step, of course, comes Tuesday, Nov. 6, when the General Election takes place.

In between, we here at The Post will continue our efforts to discuss topics of note with the candidates, to continue to give our readers a window in the minds and beliefs of those who we select to serve us. We can do that and then some, but it’s really up to you, the voter.

You will decide this Tuesday who will be the State Senator from District 14, who will be the Democratic candidates in the General for the State House of Representatives from both Districts 63 and 65, who will be the two candidates to run in November for City Council from Wards 2 and 3.

Voting is a privilege not to be taken lightly this or any other year, though the symbolism of this election date should not be lost on any of us.

Without being tired or trite, there is no better way to honor those lost on 9-11-01 than by performing one of the very rights our enemies so much despise; our ability to vote.

So do that Tuesday for those lost that day, for yourself and your community. Vote because it really does matter, not just to you, but also to the rest of us who are here and who have paid the price for our freedom.

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