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Election is in Just Five Days!


I would like to start my column by reminding everyone to vote! Also, for the citizens of Oakland, remember, there is a debate tonight with the candidates for the Mayor and the candidates for the Oakland-Craig School Board. The debate begins at 6:30 p.m. at the gymnasium in the new school. This is your chance to learn about the candidates, where they stand on issues, why they are running for their respective offices and also for them to answer questions from those in attendance.

I strongly encourage everyone to attend. I have always believed in getting the facts about those running for office before making a decision on whom to vote for. I don’t vote for someone just because I know them or like them. People often are different once they are elected to an office than who they are personally. I am also one that doesn’t like vague responses to questions. I want exact answers. To me, if someone is being vague, they are hiding something. I lose trust for those type of people quickly.

There is another item on the ballot that concerns Oakland citizens greatly. Do you want the sales tax in Oakland raised 1/2%? I will vote no for this. Why? Because as I just mentioned in the last paragraph, vague answers as to what the money will be used for. Do we need an auditorium? Maybe. But, bottom line to me is, do we want the library moved to a new building, possibly the upstairs of the auditorium? Or, more recently, the rumor has been going around town that the library could be moved to the Police Department building. As I said, rumor. Nobody is being clear on the future of the library. I will say, I have been in the Police Department, and that is not, in my opinion, a good fit for the library. Size is a concern to me. Keep in mind, the library purchased the vacant lot next to them to add on to the library. I am all for that happening!

I agree the city could use more money. Budgets are difficult to do. I am personally aware of that. But, definite answers are what I need to hear before I will vote for a sales tax increase. Maybe there are other ways to come up with the money? I have looked at the budget sheets for the last several years and this year. I wish everyone would. Then maybe you would see where your money is going. I am sure after looking over the budgets, you would have some serious concerns. I know I do.

Remember, every one of us has freedom of speech. I personally don’t care if you have a sign in your yard indicating who you favor in the election. You have every right to say who your candidate is, who you will vote for and yes, put the sign in your yard if you so choose. Nobody should treat anyone differently because of who they are supporting in an election. And, you should never fear backlash for doing so.

Let’s be kind.

Go to the debate.

Go to the polls.

Vote.

Whoever is elected, we want the best for the community and the school.

Wednesday, the 7th, we move forward.

 

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Election Day


It is election day! With the help from such dedicated ladies such as Sandy Husar, Julie Easton, Frelon Danielson, Betty Hanna and Dorothy Wallace, voters cast their ballots. Some of these ladies, such as Betty and Frelon, have worked on election day for many years. Give all of those assisting at the polls a big thank you for their service as they put in a very long day, dedicating their time to election day! All photos credit of Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

It is election day! With the help from such dedicated ladies such as Sandy Husar, Julie Easton, Frelon Danielson, Betty Hanna and Dorothy Wallace, voters cast their ballots. Some of these ladies, such as Betty and Frelon, have worked on election day for many years. Give all of those assisting at the polls a big thank you for their service as they put in a very long day, dedicating their time to election day! All photos credit of Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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Kats’ Korner: Exercise Your Right, VOTE!!


“Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets.” Abraham Lincoln (16th U.S. President). He says it all in just a few words. Every vote cast on election day is a voice from the people, exercising their right to elect the people of their choice, whom they believe have the best qualifications to hold the office they are running for.

I have voted in every election since I was 18 years old. I consider it not only my privilege, but my duty as a citizen of the Unites States of America. Not every person I have voted for has won, but I always feel proud exercising my voice by voting.

I take the time to research the candidates running for each office, whether it is a local, state or national office. I hope others do the same, as just voting because you know the name of someone, in my opinion, isn’t enough to elect them. Name alone is not enough for me. They may be very unqualified, and thus, problems may arise.

I know whom I am voting for, and definitely know whom I am not voting for. There are a few candidates I consider not qualified for the office they are running for. That is just my opinion. I am very pleased with the local election and those running for school board and city council in Oakland. It is wonderful to see so many people running for office.

I believe voting locally is much easier, as people in small towns know each other pretty well. Being on the city council, I am thrilled to see four candidates running for the two available seats. I know whom I will cast my ballot for. My time on the council has opened my eyes as to how much work is involved in representing the tax payers, as they are the primary concern in every decision the council makes. It is not an easy position to be in. With this knowledge, I made my decision on the two I feel will be best to represent the City of Oakland and above all, the tax payers. It hasn’t been an easy decision, as they are all wonderful citizens of Oakland.

One thing to remember, you don’t have to vote for as many candidates as there are openings available. Vote for only whom you want. Don’t give someone a vote just because there are so many openings. Vote for whom you want to do the job and feel can do it!

Most importantly: VOTE!!!Unknown-1 Unknown

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