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Election Day is just 12 days from now. I am reminded of the Future Homemakers of America Creed as I prepare my mind for voting:


“We are the builders of dreams, dreams for America’s future. A place where living is the expression of everything that is good and fair, a place where truth, love, security and faith will be realities, not dreams.”


I decided to find some other words of wisdom to guide my thoughts, and impress the importance upon the minds of our readers.


 “For leaders, select from all of the people some capable, honest men who fear God and hate bribes. Appoint them as leaders over groups of various numbers.” --New Living Bible, Ex. 18:21


“Nobody will ever deprive American people of the right to vote, except American people themselves. The only way they can do it is to not vote.” --Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president


“Young people need to vote. They need to get out there because every vote counts. Educate yourselves too. Don’t just vote. Know what you’re voting for and stand by your vote.” --Unknown


“Voting is the most precious right of every citizen. We have a moral obligation to insure the reliability of the voting process.” --Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State


“When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice, but when the wicked are in power, they groan.” NLB, Proverbs 29:2


“By voting, we commit ourselves to one another, our country and this world.” --Sharon Salzberg, surgeon


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” --Margaret Mead, noted anthropologist.


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My mother, Helen Morris, recently celebrated her 85th birthday.


As we were celebrating her milestone, I began to think about what she had done with her life. She was born in Spencer on Oct. 16, 1929, to parents who worked in the oil and gas industry. At age four, her father was promoted and the family moved to Clarksburg. Within the year, her mother died from breast cancer.


My mom has not had an easy life being a cancer survivor herself, but she has always maintained a great outlook on life, guided by her faith in God. On the evening of her birthday, I thought of how she has not wasted a day of her life, always trusting, helping, and caring for others.


Her time teaching in the Calhoun school system, while raising seven children, seemed like a major feat in itself, but during that time she worked to improve her church, community, and the lives of everyone she encountered--and never complained.


After mom retired from teaching, she was more involved in philanthropy and spending time being a professional grandparent. Many hours were spent training her grandchildren to be Godly, honest, and responsible citizens, whose time was well spent. Every day, she was improving or working in the lives of others while aging and never looking back, always forward.


My question to our readers is what would you do with 31,025 days, if you knew that this would be the amount of time that you had to complete your work.

                                                                           Jim Morris

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