Autumn in the North Cemetery.

Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?

These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.

Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...

...seems to be working so far

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Most Important Reason To Have An Election

One thing I have never done as a writer is to recommend one political candidate over another at election time.  My opinion on an elected candidates actions after the election is different.  I feel that to be a successful candidate one must have integrity, good character, selflessness, and the ability to put others ahead of themselves for real reasons, not political gain.

Of course, there will always be morons that win elections that have no integrity, character, are self centered unable to think of anyone other than themselves.  We elect them because we are unaware of who they really are based on a few newspapers interviews, living room candidate meetings, and the candidates ability to BS their way through life.

BS is a skill that must be honed over a long period of time.  Some are OK at it, others are truly amazing at it.

Unfortunately, we've experienced the latter far more than the former.  The BS alarm sounded years ago, but was tuned out till the end, and by then, the damage had been done.

Today's town election offers up numerous candidates.  Many are incumbents.  I don't personally know many of the candidates.  I do know of some of the incumbents by their performance.  Others I only know through acquaintances, or from an informal word now, and again.

One thing I can say on this election day is that I believe that there is not a lot of BS this time around.  There is a good deal of character, youth, energy, and selflessness among the candidates.  There is a sincerity from the candidates to share their knowledge, and experience, from their private side, in order to make them very effective on the public side.

I wish each one of the candidates running for office today good luck, and I hope that the most qualified candidate wins.  Not only would it be a win for them, but having the best candidate elected will be a win for us, and that is the most important reason of all.

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