Express your opinion, vote and live with the results

By Gerre Joiner | Published Saturday, February 28, 2015

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I love this country.

Gerre Joiner

Gerre Joiner

It’s a country in which dear friends can exchange ideas about the same controversial subject and still be friends.

  • Individuals on both sides of the issue can argue their point without fear of someone overhearing and reporting the conversation to a “big brother” in the government.
  • Individuals on both sides of the issue have the right – maybe even the obligation – to “talk up” their side of the issue. It’s the American way to promote an idea, see if it gains support from the masses and then live with the outcome.
  • Friends are able in this country to put their resources (time, money, talent, energy, etc.) into the exercise of promoting their side of the issue. Everyone has the same right to sell their idea to their friends. If the idea is well-received, it might become the law of the land.

Some of my friends are already asking, “What’s he writing about?” or “Why is he writing about this?”

Here are a few of the reasons for my thoughts:

  • I’ve been in a few meetings recently during which matters of great concern regarding the Decatur ISD community were discussed.
  • These preliminary meetings were refreshing to me. They were meetings in which facts were presented without trying to “muscle” anyone into a particular way of thinking. The presenters were sharing facts.
  • In these meetings, information regarding resources (including financial) was shared. Several of us were surprised at some of the previously-unknown (to us) common sense ideas that were presented.

Purpose of this column? Vote.

It’s that simple. It’s your right. It’s your privilege. It’s an obligation. It’s an honor to vote for an idea or a plan that, in your mind, has merit.

It’s an honor to vote for a friend who desires to serve his/her community in some small way.

Gerre Joiner is a semi-retired church musician and has lived in Decatur since 1999.

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