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Please vote Nov. 8, and don’t move to Canada

October 27, 2016
Editorial , Lake Placid News

We can understand why many people are so turned off by the presidential candidates that they cannot bring themselves to vote for anyone, but please show up this year.

We should all take part in choosing the best person for president, or maybe the least bad. Vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump, Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson or Green Party candidate Jill Stein. We'd rather you vote for anyone than no one.

But if you really can't do that in the presidential race, please don't stay home on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8. There are many other important choices to make.

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Who will be the North Country's person in the U.S. House of Representatives for the next two years: incumbent Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, Democrat Mike Derrick of Peru or Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello of the Glens Falls area?

Who will represent New York in the U.S. Senate: incumbent Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer or Republican Wendy Long, both of New York City?

Who will represent Essex and Warren counties in the Assembly: incumbent Republican Assemblyman Dan Stec of Queensbury or the Green Party's Robin Barkenhagen of Glens Falls?

Who will represent northeastern New York in the state Senate: incumbent Sen. Betty Little or Green Party challenger Steve Ruzbacki of Olmstedville?

These are just some of the decisions we, the people, have to make on Nov. 8, and the more people who vote, the more legitimate our decisions will be. Please take that civic responsibility seriously. Go to your local polling place that day between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., and vote, even if you do it for only some of the candidates.

As for thoughts about moving to Canada if your presidential choice doesn't work out, stop the nonsense. Canada has enough problems, and we need you to stay in America to help fix ours.



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