If you donít care about your hometown, donít vote
May 06, 2013, 9:00 pm by The Publisher
If things go as usual, youíll have lots of company. In Marble Falls, for example, nearly nine out of 10 of the cityís registered voters will be no-shows at the polls.
If youíre one of them, you should also never be allowed to open your snout to complain about anything local government does or doesnít do. Too bad that might be an unconstitutional abridgement of your right to free speech; youíve earned it.
There are good candidates to choose in the Llano and Burnet School Board elections and in a variety of other city races in Burnet and Llano counties.
While Council candidates in Marble Falls have expressed similar positions on most issues, largely in agreement with those of the incumbent mayor, the difference in the two mayoral candidates couldnít be more striking.
For just one example, incumbent George Russell has been a pivotal figure in enticing Scott & White to build a clinic and hospital here and has supported the annexation of land between the city and the medical campus near US 281 and TX 71.
But Mayoral challenger John Davis has said the city shouldnít have paid to extend water service to the hospital site and shouldnít continue southward annexation.
Hereís the bottom line choice in the Marble Falls Mayorís race: If youíre generally pleased and think the city is headed in the right direction by improving its appearance, attracting more tourists to help pay the bills, and making investments in projects like the regional medical center that promise huge economic returns, then vote for the incumbent, George Russell.
If you believe the cityís interfering too much in your life, discouraging business development and spending recklessly, then vote for businessman John Davis.
Which you choose is your choice as an American. But if you believe it, vote it.
Or you can stay at home because youíre sure your candidates have a majority of the communityís support. Just donít complain when you find they didnít get a majority of the vote.
Your last chance to vote early is today. But Election Day is Saturday and youíll have a chance from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. then.
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