From the Hill
Editor’s note: The following column is the opinion of the author and not of this publication. The Wyandotte Daily News has no endorsement of the candidates in this election.
Well, the elections are upon us, and we must have made our decision by now on whom we are going to vote for. And pray it doesn’t snow again.
That said, I have a complaint that is eating away at me. The Kansas City Star. They have the audacity to tell us who to vote for, but can’t ever write about anything else good in our fair city. Oh sure, if something bad happens it is front page news. But the growth and good people here get no respect. It is as if we are the poor stepchildren, and if they can fit us in with a 100 word article, they will try. These stepchildren keep them going by subscriptions, and they don’t even recognize us?
Except when they want to tell us who to vote for. I am not pushing for one candidate or the other, only that it is really none of the Star’s business. We are capable of making up our own minds, and do not need the one sided view of a paper that thinks we are not newsworthy. The Wyandotte Daily News is of our people, by our people, and it knows our people. I would hope they would be fair to both sides of the story. And therefore would be more inclined to listen. That is to say it probably would not change my mind, but it would give me insight of who I am voting for, in any election. But I am not a robot, that clips out the paper, and takes it to the voting booth with me to see who to vote for. I am capable of thinking on my own.
It isn’t that I agree or disagree with the Star’s editorial, or their write-ups. It is simply, they have not earned that right, to invade my home with their views. This has been going on since time began I think. It seems one person thinks they can make a decision for the rest of us, and God has spoken. Not true, my friends. They are just people, using their power of the press to influence us. Now, endorsements are a whole new ball game. I have no problem with that as many people choose to support one campaign or the other, help them get their message out, and are familiar with their choice. The Star reads what it writes itself all along, and then makes a choice of what it reads in its own paper as to whom it would vote for. And leaves out a lot of the facts. Good facts that need to be told.
OK, I am off the soap box now. Please, use your head and vote for who you think is best qualified for the position they are running for. Go to the forums and get to know them. Any decision you make is then yours, not influenced by someone or something else. Remember, there are two sides to every story, so listen to both of them. And vote.
The voting machines were enclosed?
You had to push a bunch of keys down and then pull an arm to cast the vote and open the curtain?
You used to stand in line for hours, as voting was more important back then?
And if you don’t vote, you have no right to complain?
Carole Diehl is the president of the Strawberry Hill Neighborhood Association.