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Make a difference in U.H.

October 1st, 2009

Reading The Plain Dealer on Sunday, I came across an article that said a majority of Ohio voters would vote in favor of casinos, according to a newspaper poll. 

So, I started to write my column this week about Issue 3 and the fact that it’s a bad idea to encourage something that could bring more problems to Ohio. Sure it’ll bring jobs, but at what cost?

However, as I began writing down all of the reasons I think that allowing casinos to be constructed in Cleveland and other cities in Ohio (i.e. attracting degenerate gamblers), it occurred to me that there is a very good possibility that many of the students at JCU may not care about Issue 3.

You might not even know what it is (until I just told you a couple paragraphs ago), or the trouble that it could bring if passed.  

The fact is most of you probably won’t even vote. This worries me. 

And, please don’t use the excuse that you aren’t an Ohio resident, it isn’t a sound argument. Any student living in University Heights can vote, even if you’re only here temporarily. 

The right to vote in the Democratic process is one that not everyone has, you should take advantage of that. Even if you don’t care about Issue 3, there are many other matters that I’m sure you have an opinion on. 

You have a voice, so let it be heard. Voting is the best way to let your opinions and beliefs be known. There are enough JCU students to make a drastic difference in voting results on Nov. 3. So, why not take advantage of that?

This upcoming election is especially important because for the first time in as long as any of us (the average college undergraduate) have been alive, University Heights will have a new mayor. And, let’s face it: We all know that the University has not had the best of luck with the current U.H. administration. 

As informed college students we have a moral obligation to do what we feel is best I’m not telling you who to vote for… just vote. 

As trite as it sounds, you really can make a difference in the city and the way it approaches it’s relationship with John Carroll. Anyone with a modicum of respect and concern for Carroll would, and should, do whatever they could to help ease the University’s relationship with the city.  

Oct. 5 is the last day to register. And if you do plan to vote, be informed. Know the candidates; know the issues – because you aren’t helping anyone by playing eeny-meeny-miny-moe with your selection. 

And if in doubt, you can always write in Bob Seeholzer (if you aren’t smiling right now, read page 18).