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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Political waters

  • As a registered voter of Texas, I can confidently say I am a politically impartial citizen in Oklahoma. Still, swimming in the sea of neutrality, I have found all the local races scandalous in the best ways.
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  • As a registered voter of Texas, I can confidently say I am a politically impartial citizen in Oklahoma. Still, swimming in the sea of neutrality, I have found all the local races scandalous in the best ways.
    In North Texas, I can’t remember a time when community candidates and supporters were as passionate as those here. Or maybe they were, and I just wasn’t interested then. Nevertheless, I’m interested now. I credit Oklahoma, specifically Shawnee and surrounding areas, for that.
    So often, especially for races on the national level, the people are fed large social and economic issues. Those broad aspects are important, but not always as pertinent as the specific issues affecting daily lives in various regions.
    The array of hot topics here in Shawnee caused me to wonder what detailed items are hidden under a cloak of bigger issues back home.
    Through an Internet search, I discovered my hometown is heatedly split on the issue of hydraulic fracturing, a drilling process better know as “fracking,” and city council meetings there have been regularly lively.
    Animated meetings, open to the public, are something I find inspiring and look forward to here in Shawnee. Discussion means multiple sides of an issue are being represented and, as a reporter, that’s something I especially value. As a citizen, it’s something I’m learning to value.
    I’ve always thought of voting as an important duty and, if you didn’t vote in the primaries Tuesday, I hope you vote in November. As cliché as it sounds, every single vote contributes to a larger picture.
    But now, I’m expanding my list of duties to include research - to understand all sides of the often lesser-known issues. Because, without that knowledge, what am I really voting for?
    If you aren’t already actively investigating local topics, I challenge you to join me. Attendances of city meetings, the reading of the newspaper or independent exploration are all valuable avenues.
    When I next vote in Texas, I won’t be swimming in a sea of neutrality; I’ll be sailing in an ocean of educated opinion.

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