were blessed to welcome home Blake Hughes, who graduated with the CCHS
Class of 2014. Most of the congregation have watched Blake progress from
a scrawny little boy to a self-assured young man, who feels blessed to
be serving his country. It brought tears to my eyes to know that he had
opened the door to his dream of being a Marine by hard work and
dedication during his high school career. He kept his focus.
Here we are, near the end of filing for the town
election, and to date there are only two candidates, both for council.
What happens now? Do we stand still, fall backwards or pledge to renew
our focus on making Calhoun, West
a thriving community.
Know your candidates and what they stand for. We
may have some new candidates for offices, so be sure to check them out.
Right now, as you read this, decide that you will
vote in every election, and also encourage others to vote. Take your
children with you. We want them to understand that the right to vote is
a precious thing.
The decision of the majority can be shown by raised
hands, a voice count of “ayes,” marking a piece of paper, or pulling a
computerized lever. It is a power by which people can alter almost
anything in their lives. Not voting is regressing, or even worse--we
could lose privileges. Your vote can mean a difference between good and
evil, right and wrong, justice and injustice.
I found two quotations about voting that will help
to get me to the polls:
“Elections belong to the people. It’s their
decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their
behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”
We can look on the bright side. If we have a focus
of making our town, state, nation and world a better place, then we will
need to inspire each other and act as a team. We can’t give up, if we
We cannot bash the incumbents, and they should not
bash themselves. We must not hold ill feelings. Again, we must believe.
“Sometimes it takes a while to recognize that
someone has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie
that belief to our highest ideals, and to imagine that together we can
do great things. In those rare moments, when such a person comes along,
we need to put aside our plans and reach for what we know is possible.”