My husband and I live on a boat and our insurance requires we have the boat out of Florida during hurricane season. Since we will never get back to our polling place in time we asked for absentee ballots. We had been forewarned about the length of the ballots, with its many amendments, did our research on League of Women Voter's web site, so we would be prepared, and thank goodness we did. By the time we carefully inked in our ovals, over forty five minutes had passed. I have tried to pass the message via FaceBook, that the lines will be endless on election day, and to vote early. Our picture says it all, we are seniors, parents of five, and their five spouses, grandparents of ten and a half and great grandparents of one and a half. We are conservative in our views, we must spend wisely and pay for what we spend with a progressive tax rate. We also believe in the essential nature of government to not only protect us from foreign enemies, but to see our freedoms are protected, from those who would not let us vote, not let women have control over their own bodies, and attempt to abridge the separation of church and state. Smaller government is a myth; how can you have smaller government in a growing population, with increasing complexities. We did not not need rules about cyberspace, airspace, radio or TV airwave space in the past. We grew up in the days when stomach flu was a common complaint because we did not have controls on the quality of our food and water as we do now, where industrial accidents were common because we did not have OSHA. Life is longer and it is better, and it can be better yet if we work to overcome problems as they arise, and not refuse to go forward, to change where we must, and look backward only for inspiration and not for rigidity.
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