Letter: I vote yes to libraries and intellectual freedom
Ryan Summerlin October 11, 2013
To the Editor:
As a Grand County resident and registered voter I am excited for the opportunity to vote in this year’s election.
Back in the day (when Grand County still had polling places), I would go to my designated precinct on Election Day to privately cast my vote behind the red, white, and blue curtain, and then publicly (and proudly) don my “I VOTED” sticker for the rest of the evening.
Voting made me proud. My voice counted — especially in a county this size where election results might show an initiative passing or failing by a slight margin, or a seat being won or lost by only a few votes.
I am a proponent of being an informed and educated voter. Know your facts, read your blue book, tabor notice, and informational brochures. Be aware of both sides of an issue, not just the side you’re naturally inclined toward because of your party affiliation or because your spouse or neighbor expects you to vote a certain way. Make your voice heard, and your vote count toward your own core values.
And while I won’t tell you how to vote, I am proud to let it be known that I will be voting yes to libraries. I will always vote yes to intellectual freedom — the freedom to read, the freedom to view (and to have privacy with what I choose to read and view). I will always vote yes to seek information and to speak freely as guaranteed by the First Amendment. I will always vote yes to universal access to information, to early literacy and to lifelong enrichment. I will always vote yes to libraries and the core values they represent.
Please make your voice count this November. If you’re not registered to vote, go to the county website and register by Oct. 15. “Show up” to vote, be aware that ballots in Grand County are mailed, and have to be received (not postmarked) by the election office on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Know that you can drop off your ballot at designated locations, and that the only polling place in Grand County is at the election office in Hot Sulphur Springs, where ballots can be dropped off on Election Day. Make your vote count, let your voice be heard, represent your core values — it does matter. Libraries matter.