"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey.
Unless you’ve been away on vacation the past few months, you probably know that next Tuesday is the North Carolina Primary Election.
So THIS is usually the week that civic organizations and media outlets encourage you to “exercise your right to vote.”
We call it a “privilege,” an “opportunity”…even a “responsibility.” And it IS all of those things.
But this year, North Carolinians really do have a chance to make a difference.
Our primary has been moved up from May to March for the first time.
Now there are still a number of viable candidates from which to choose.
In the past, the nominees had pretty much been decided by other states by the time WE got to vote.
And, oh, don’t we have a colorful assortment of “wannabes”?
Republican or Democrat, you really do have a candidate for whichever way you want our nation to proceed.
By contrast, if you DON’T vote for your favorite, we may head in a direction that you just can’t tolerate.
We’re talking Presidential candidates here, but the same holds true for local and state elections, as well.
No one can MAKE you vote, of course.
But wouldn’t you rather have a say in how our nation, state, and city are run?
Or do you want to leave that up to the guy up the street, with whom you totally disagree?
Go to the polls on Tuesday.
Make a difference.
Let YOUR voice be heard.