Attend candidates forum
by Chip Latcham
Oct 08, 2008 | 3522 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It’s enough to make you so angry that you almost want to give up altogether on the American political process, or wish you could cast more than one ballot in the upcoming election.

First, there’s the announcement that just days after the federal government bailout of Wall Street, American International Group Inc. (AIG) sent executives on a $440,000 retreat to a posh California resort, including banquets, golf and visits to the spa and salon, including manicures and pedicures.

Why didn’t we allow the free market system to work and weed out the greed, stupidity and corruption that prevails in some of these giant financial corporations?

Next, we learn that state officials have raided the offices of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, also called ACORN, after fielding numerous complaints of voter fraud.

In Nevada, the fraudulent registrations included forms for the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys football team, and they aren’t even registered to vote in Las Vegas!

ACORN, which supports left-wing causes and has ties to Sen. Barack Obama, reportedly was submitting the information through a voter sign-up drive known as Project Vote. One ex-employee of ACORN told a state investigator she began making up names for her forms on days when it was too hot to work outside.

One way fed-up Americans can have their voices heard is to go to the polls on Nov. 4. Before doing so, we again recommend familiarizing yourself with the candidates.

A candidates forum hosted by the Bee County Chamber of Commerce will be staged Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Gertrude R. Jones Auditorium on the Coastal Bend College campus. The Chamber’s Public Affairs Council has invited all candidates on the Nov. 4 ballot in Bee County, and many have accepted and will participate — including several regional candidates for U.S. and state offices.

“I strongly urge everyone, but particularly business people, to attend this forum,” said Public Affairs Council Chair Tom Beasley. “This is a very important election and in order to make informed decisions about candidates, you have to know where they stand on issues.”

Chamber President Pam Stuart said, “This is the only opportunity before the election that the community will have to evaluate candidates in one place, on one stage.” Stuart commended the volunteer task force for their work in assuring that candidate forums are completely impartial.

They, and we, encourage everyone to go to the polls on Nov. 4 or vote early, between Oct. 20 and 31. We may not be able to stop all greed, corruption and fraud, but we can try to elect candidates who are honest, concerned about wasteful government spending and have our best interests at heart.

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