New Britain City Journal

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Editor’s Note 5/17/2013

Nothing makes me giggle more than when someone calls me a right wing Republican. I’ve heard some members of our present Mayor’s administration say that about me in an attempt to deflect my comments.

I have been a Democrat my entire life, but recently realized I cannot call myself a staunch Democrat.

I think I am part of both of the two major parties. I am socially very liberal and fiscally very conservative. So what does that make me? I think it makes me what most people in the country are – somewhere in the middle.

I’ve always thought of myself as a Democrat and probably will for life.

But a political party is not what I’m about.

I’m about doing what is right or wrong for New Britain, for Connecticut and for the United States. I care more about the person and what they represent than what political party they represent.

I never understood voting specifically for one party. I must admit I have never voted for a Republican for president, but it is not because I voted for a party. It’s because I thought the PERSON I voted for would do the best job.

When it comes to voting locally, I think my votes have been more mixed. That is typical of many people.

Why am I talking about voting? It’s for several reasons.

One I want my readers to understand who I am. I am not who the mayor’s office makes me out to be. It is the Mayor I have an issue with and not all Democrats.

Secondly, I want you to be better informed and vote this November. I know we do not know who is running against O’Brien. I’m not pushing you to vote for anyone in particular. It’s just important that everyone start learning early and actually fill out a ballot.

When only seven percent vote, are we getting the City’s real choice? We can’t just let other people vote. Everyone should vote for the person who they feel is best.

Today, I’m not telling you who to vote for. I’m telling you to get knowledgeable and vote for whoever the best candidate is when election time rolls around.

For the next 6 months or so I will be on reader’s backs to be prepared to vote. This is your right. Many people died so we can vote freely. Take it seriously and on Nov. 5 make it a priority.

My joke from Facebook of the week was found on Mother’s Day.

“Good moms let you lick the beaters. Great moms shut it off first.”

Ouch!

Until next week, shut off the beater before licking and keep reading YOUR #1 Most Trusted New Britain Newspaper!