EDITORIAL: Remember to vote

It seems fitting to be going to the polls now, considering on Tuesday we were all paying homage to those who have fallen in battle.

Well, the time has finally arrived. In three days, voters across the West Kootenay will go to the polls and elect, or in some cases re-elect, a council, mayor, school trustee or regional district representative.

It seems fitting to be going to the polls now, especially considering on Tuesday we were all paying homage to those who have fallen in battle.

Remembrance Day ceremonies remind us of the sacrifices made by brave young men and women who laid down their lives so we could still have the right to vote.

They defended democracy and allowed us to live in a world where we are free to choose a government, whether it be municipal, provincial or federal.

Voters should remember that it is not only a right to vote, but a hard won privilege.

Sure, some parts of the campaign have been more heated than others. Some controversies have occurred and intense debates have broken out. But that time is almost over.

The candidates have done their jobs. Signs have been posted, speeches have been given and hands have been shaken.

We in the media have also done our jobs. Stories written, meetings covered and ads sold.

Now it’s time for your job.

It’s the public that decides the outcome of any election, not the media, not the campaign managers and not the candidates. It’s time for you to do your job.

On Saturday get out and vote. There is nothing more important than to take part in the democratic process. It should be mandatory.

No excuse is good enough to stop you from doing your duty.

Don’t waste this opportunity to do the very thing that young men and women fought for and died to defend.

Cast your ballot.

Just Posted

Selkirk College students protest proposed tuition increases

Sudents’ union says this year’s 2 per cent increase puts education out of reach for some

Nelson project funds rural schools in Nepal

Mountain trekker David Swain runs the Altitude Project

Trail area homicide investigation continues

Jan. 14 marked one year since Jordan Workman was discovered in the trunk of a burnt car

Leafs, Nitehawks settle for 4-4 tie

Nelson is now unbeaten in nine straight games

Former ski champ and MLA’s son hope to open Castlegar cannabis store next month

Felix Belczyk and Ben Conroy are in the approval process for local Spiritleaf outlet

UPDATE: B.C. legislature managers accused of excessive travel, personal expense claims

Clerk Craig James, security chief Gary Lenz call allegations ‘completely false’

China demands US drop Huawei extradition request with Canada

China detained two Canadians on Dec. 10 in an apparent attempt to pressure Canada to release Meng

9 brains, 3 hearts: Some wild facts about octopuses

Things to know about the giant Pacific octopus, which is naturally found in the waters of the U.S. West coast, the Aleutian Islands and Japan

Hollywood announces 2019 Oscar nominations

Netflix has scored its first best picture nomination, something the streaming giant has dearly sought

B.C. man fined $10,000 after leaving moose to suffer before death

Surrey man was convicted last week on three Wildlife Act charges

‘Blue Monday’ isn’t real, but depression can be

CMHA encourages people to prioritize their mental health

Anti-pipeline group wants NEB to consider impact of emissions, climate change

Stand.earth filed NEB motion asking to apply same standard to the project as it did with Energy East pipeline

B.C. man charged in 2014 snake venom death of toddler

Henry Thomas was taking care of the North Vancouver girl the day before she died

Parole granted for drunk driver who killed B.C. RCMP officer

Kenneth Jacob Fenton will be able to attend alcohol abuse treatment, nearly three years after crash that killed Const. Sarah Beckett

Most Read