Yucca Valley, Ca- It was a very hot summer in our corner of the world in the hi-desert with waves of high humidity adding to our woes. Seems like it is a natural thing to do to complain about our triple digit weather before we head into the possible snow flurries of winter, usually bypassing a traditional Fall season.
This September is different. A Nation in turmoil and our State of California without a budget seems to grab the headlines with an election around the corner. Tempers flaring, oil spills, and there were devastating floods around the world while Southern California is lacking for sufficient water to quench the thirst of a growing population.
This September is different. The length and depth of this recession has taken a toll on our Nation. It used to be we were considered the “Great Ocean of Pride and Optimism,” but certain townships have been reduced to a shrinking mud puddle. Mud? Oh yes, there will be plenty of that going around this election too. Many special interest groups will finance their favorite candidates to protect their own bloated pensions or personal agendas. Voters will be bombarded with expensive four color glossy mailings, radio jingles and television ad campaigns to rival the Short Story category vying for an Oscar. Candidates will parade their small children around and work their smiles of bleached white pearly teeth to convince the masses they are qualified for the job without addressing the real issues.
This September is different.You will have to take on an assignment requiring manilla file folders. You need to put these next few weeks aside as your personal priority. Research the candidates running for office by putting their names into a Google search as a starting point. Set aside your usual routine and focus on the issues facing your town, state and the Nation. Purchase two or three out of area newspapers on a daily basis cutting out the articles on topics important to you that need answers to your questions. Form a “Neighborhood Watch” at home, work or school to discuss these issues with others. Make this a family Civics project with your children. Your group may even organize to provide baby sitting or transportation to the polls. Become an informed voter and share your knowledge with others.
This September is different.On September 13, 2010, there was a Candidate Forum sponsored by the Yucca Valley Republican Women Federated. Over 150 attendees became an informed voter regarding the issues of the Town of Yucca Valley, Hi-Desert Water District, Morongo Unified School District, Copper Mountain College and the Hi-Desert Medical Center.
This forum was videotaped by ProVideo and will be televised on our local cable station,TimeWarner Cable, Channel 10 on the following dates: Saturday October 2nd at 5pm and on October 9th at 5pm.
Hats off to 1st Vice President, Hilary Slotta, for all her hard work organizing this event and to all the members pitching in. Hilary is the greatest asset to our organization including her contributions to our club as newsletter Editor and Web Master.
God Bless America!
MARGO STURGES, President, www.YuccaValleyRepublicans.org
Yucca Valley Republican Women Federated