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Missing: voters in Parker County

By Rosealee Hoffman

The early voting numbers for Parker County are in, and apparently things are just perfect in Parker County.

I say they’re perfect because only 2,195 people in all of Parker County have shown enough concern about their community’s future to go vote. That’s less than three percent of registered voters in our county. I find it difficult to believe that everyone else is waiting until May 6.

So I figure it’s safe to assume that the rest of y’all think things are just perfect, and don’t have a preference on who runs things locally.

Well, I do. Local leadership matters deeply. These are the people who control the roads, the water, the parks…and perhaps most importantly, your local taxes.

Yes, I’m talking about something that directly affects your pocketbook. Do I have everyone’s attention yet?

If you’ve complained about that pothole at the end of your street that the city never fixes, or you think the school is spending their money the wrong way, or you feel your water is too expensive – that’s local leadership, folks.

Those are the people who have worked their rear ends off – in volunteer positions – to either run things well or poorly. I hear all the time from citizens, “no one listens to me. I just want to be heard.”

There’s a very simple way to make your voice heard. It’s called a ballot box, and ballot boxes are available county-wide May 6.

There’s a famous saying I’ve always loved that has been attributed to English philosopher Edmund Burke: “the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing.”

Those who are running for office locally all have one universal thing in common – they believe they can do some good. They’ve spent countless hours working towards that goal.

The very least the rest of us can do is go vote for the candidate we believe can do the most good.

Or we can look on and do nothing.

“PARKER COUNTY ELECTION DAY POLL SITES
May 6, 2017 – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Aledo ISD Admin. Building 1008 Bailey Ranch Road, Aledo
Arise Baptist Church 15910 S Hwy 377, Wheatland
Azle Masonic Lodge 257 W Main, Azle
Brock ISD Admin Building 100 Grindstone Rd, Weatherford
Parker County Courthouse Annex 1112 Santa Fe Dr, Weatherford
Parker County Esd # 6 4970 Tin Top Rd, Weatherford
Peaster Fire Dept. 221 Judd St, Peaster
Reno City Hall 195 W Reno Rd, Reno
Springtown Municipal Court Annex 200 N Main St, Springtown
Willow Park Municipal Building 516 Ranch House Rd, Willow Park

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Kidz at Camp 2018

June 15 - June 19
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Tennis Camp

June 18 - June 22
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The Snow Queen

June 22 @ 7:00 pm
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Class of 2008 Reunion

June 23 @ 7:00 pm
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Performance Course High-Intensity

June 25 @ 6:45 am - 10:15 am
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Aledo Farmers Market

June 25 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Aledo Community Lions Club

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