Post-election: We can do better
Sure, the winners are announced and the unmercifully tedious political ads on TV are gone for now. So is it over?
We can do better. Political action is the lifeblood of the nation.
The turnout of registered voters in Armstrong County this week was 68.3 percent, and that's impressive. But why not do better? That number is just a percentage of the registered; where are the others?
Campaigning has changed nationally; nobody can deny that. But must it change in our hometowns, especially for local seats?
Knocking on doors is OK, but what about getting the candidates out in public forums, together or individually?
Dare we suggest that some candidates in future years actually call press conferences or announce their plans to the news media?
And let's hear from candidates willing to suggest plans to bring attention and eventually jobs here to Armstrong County. Or how they would capitalize on development all around us in Allegheny, Westmoreland and Butler counties.
During election campaigns our business communities remain exceptionally silent. We aren't suggesting they endorse candidates but, instead, express their needs and encourage candidates to respond.
The best way to honor our veterans, whose special day is Sunday, is to become involved in the system.
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