To the Editor,
This coming Election Day, Nov. 5, 2013, marks an anniversary of sorts. It turns out that this next election will be roughly 7.5 billion seconds since the opening shots of the American Revolution were fired. Coincidentally, or fatefully depending on one’s perspective, there are roughly 7.5 billion people on the planet. It could be argued that on Nov. 5, the American voter decides the fate of those 7.5 billion people because, in fact, that is what we do every time we vote.
As you step into the voting booth on that first Tuesday in November, understand full well that your vote means literally placing your fate, the fate of your loved ones and the fate of every living creature on the planet in the hands of the person you are voting for. Every vote cast through your vote, if your choice is elected, is your responsibility as are every one of the effects.
It is with this in mind that at the local level of Rye City, I endorse Councilman Joe Sack in his mayoral bid. Sensible people often avoid politics with good reason. However, fortunately, there are those rare few who display a higher level of developed sense than others, who do, in fact, run for office. Being a representative of a group of people is trying under any circumstance. When the post is, in essence, more ceremonial than anything, with limited real legislative power, the mayor needs to depend on his faculty of reason by default. The city manager system only works when there is a responsible elected body led by a responsible head. Many may have reasons not to vote for Councilman Sack, but I’m certain that every one of the reasons are founded in feelings rather than thinking about the well being of others.
I don’t ask for much, nor do I expect much, from anyone elected to represent the interests of a community other than to understand that the only interests that can be considered common to everyone are those that, in fact, are common to everyone. In order to understand that, one needs to think at a level just a tad higher than either Mr. Jovanovich or Ms. Silberkleit seem capable of.
Councilman Sack is the goldilocks choice between too hot and too cold, too hard and too soft, too big and too small. Moderation in all things leads to a balanced existence and that I contend is a common interest.