As you probably all know, or at least ought to know, our forefathers declared our independence from the rule of the king of England on July 4, 1776. Thus, we celebrate July 4th with fried chicken and fireworks — right? Right. But what you might not know, or at least have probably not thought too much about, is that by declaring our independence, our forefathers also committed treason against the crown of England and many of those who subscribed to the Declaration of Independence suffered the loss of their homes, businesses and various amounts of their own assets as a result of the retaliation that was brought down on them by the British military.
Had they been captured, they could have been hanged or shot for their treasonous actions. Our history doesn’t emphasize that fact loud enough in our educational process.
On Nov. 11, we will recognize all of our country’s veterans with Veteran’s Day. The military cemeteries of our country will be festooned with American flags peacefully flapping in the breeze of the day belying the often horrible deaths these many veterans suffered in their efforts to safeguard our American way of life that was started more than 200 years ago.
I’ve heard a lot of people saying they weren’t voting as they didn’t think their vote counts for much. I wish those people could tell that to all the veterans buried in military cemeteries or who never were recovered from whatever battlefield around the world where they fought to ensure our way of life would endure.
Regardless of your political leanings, for heaven’s sake don’t discount the value of your vote. Go and vote. You might even run into some of your neighbors you haven’t seen since the last time you voted.
Washoe County’s Registrar of Voters Dan Burk and all of his clerical staff have done an excellent job preparing for this election, as they do with every election. Even though they get paid to do the job, they do it with great enthusiasm and concern to ensure an honest and impartial voting process for all qualified voters in Washoe County.
It amazes me the amount of effort it takes to put out all the voting machines in the various polling places. The logistics of maintaining, moving, storing and ultimately monitoring the progress of their operation on Election Day is staggering.
Burk’s office is in charge of training volunteers to man the various polling places during the voting process, also a daunting task.
In short, Election Day has many people and much money and effort spent to ensure your voting process is fair, accurate and run efficiently for the benefit of our society. The least you can do is get off your backside and go and vote. It’s painless with no out-of-pocket direct expense to you at all. Look at it this way: It’s your one chance to get back at whoever for all the television ads and mailers you’ve had to endure over the campaign season. Go get ‘em!
Larry Wilson is a 50-year resident of Sparks and a retired elementary school teacher. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.