Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Significant Day

It may have been a local election, but today was a significant day for us.

Last Thursday we became American citizens. That in itself was significant. Becoming a citizen is very important to us and we are delighted to have the right, and more importantly, the responsibility to vote.

At the Oath Ceremony, the District Officer asked, "what will be different in your life, now that you are American citizens?" Among several interesting comments, several answered that they were now FREE. Having lived my entire life in countries where to speak your mind was (and is) not a crime, that answer did not occur to me. But it did to those who were from Somalia and other such countries.

The right to vote is precious and should never be wasted.

No doubt today's municipal election will have had a low turn out. That's a sad reflection on those who take the right the vote for granted.