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I keep hearing from people who say they’ll be glad to have the elections done and over with after Nov. 6, and I’ve got to admit, I am one of those.

I am tired of all the literature I keep receiving in the mail. That’s an understatement, I am downright sick of it! I have a cardboard box set underneath my mailbox and each day when I check my mail, I drop three-fourths of it into the box.

I kind of wonder if my house’s previous owner might have been a political party donor, because I have never received as much voter mail as I have this year.

And the signs in peoples yards are getting a little old, as well. They were interesting at first, and some made me think while others made me laugh. I don’t have any political signs in my own yard and for good reason. It would not be wise for a reporter to report on the news, and also tell people who to vote for.

The good side

But what I do appreciate is the opportunity to consider and weigh the different candidates — the democracy we have that allows us to choose who we feel is best suited for the job.

I’m one of those people who enjoys the presidential debates, because I like to see the candidates speak their mind and tell us where they stand. I heard some complaints about people’s favorite shows being interrupted, but me feeling was, oh well. It can wait.

The election season also has some economic benefits. We often hear about how much the candidates spend to get elected and it’s often presented as a negative.

Maybe some of it is, but I also look at the amount of money the candidates pump into local economies by buying advertisements, attracting crowds and employing campaign staff.

In a few days the vice president and speaker of the house will both be speaking in my own town, and I’ve got to think that will be a god thing for some of the local businesses, where people will shop and dine, and talk about what they see.

Of course, there will also be a tremendous amount of security and a price tag associated with that, as well. I’ve heard of some major traffic issues in Cleveland and Akron this year, because of candidates’ repeat visits to those cities and the need for security.

The presidential candidates have kind of made Ohio their second home recently, and I suppose when you consider the importance of the state’s vote, it makes sense. The nice thing is, if you want to see one of them speak, you’ve had your share of chances by now.

But no doubt, it will still be good to see things settle down after next week. And it will be good to get out and vote, and help decide where we go the next four years.

Chris Kick lives in Wooster, Ohio. An American FFA Degree recipient, he holds a bachelor’s in creative writing from Ashland University. He spends his free time on his grandparents’ farms in Wayne and Holmes counties.
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