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February 20, 2014

THEIR VIEW: It's time to engage candidates

One need not travel far to hear those carping about government at the local, state and federal level.

We, as Americans, are quick to find fault.

And that is not an entirely undesirable quality as long as we make a concentrated effort to push for improvements and solutions. However, grumbling alone won’t accomplish a lot.

Unlike so many in other communities across the globe we are blessed with the privilege of choosing our leaders. While some speak with great passion about our republican form of government, not everyone is fully engaged and invested in the political process.

Good government requires leaders capable of making critical decisions. During such challenging economic times as we’ve experienced here in southern Indiana in recent years, with budgets tight and needs aplenty, local governments require bright, sensible public servants capable and willing to make the most of what little funding is available.

Governing — at any level and at any time — is not easy. Few issues are as simple as black and white, and no public servant — no matter how appealing on the surface — is likely to mirror your opinion on every issue.

But some share your insights far better than others.

The upside of local government is our leaders reside here among us. You need not trek to Indianapolis or our nation’s capital to find them, ask questions, and express your views.

Before the primary election in May, citizens have ample time to meet candidates face to face and discuss issues and air concerns. While much information is available via advertisements, press releases, candidate websites, social networking websites, and a variety of other avenues, we encourage you to seek out candidates and get to know them. Remember, this is your government, and these potential servants would work for you.

Rather than expressing concerns around the water cooler or airing rumors and speculation on a website, go directly to the source.

Any candidate of merit should welcome your questions and concerns.

Participation in the electoral process is essential to our republic. Ultimately, it is our responsibility to engage candidates and select leaders who can set our communities, states and nation on the proper course to a brighter tomorrow.

— Times-Mail, Bedford

THE ISSUE The May primary election in Indiana THEIR VIEW This is your government. Get involved in the process.

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