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We're not going to be apathetic any longer

By Julia (Harris) Ozab 

I grew up right there in Whitley County, graduated from CC(J)HS in 1990, and now live out here in Eugene, Oregon.  I still have a lot of family and friends in Whitley and Allen counties and all over Indiana. I love Oregon, but there's still a lot of "home" in northeastern Indiana.

Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, Independent, Libertarian, or a "just-don't-care-about-politics", we are all Americans and we all have the right to say who will govern our nation.

Yes, I am an Obama supporter, and my husband, Mom (who lived over 60 years in Whitley County), my 2-year old daughter, and I have been working tirelessly on Senator Obama's campaign, but we're not the typical political people. This is a first for all of us, and we all have our own reasons.

For me, it's about wanting something better for my daughter. Becoming a parent changes your entire life perspective, and it's an amazing feeling to actually WANT someone in the White House instead of voting for the lesser of two evils as I've done for the last 18 years.

I am not telling you to vote for Senator Obama. (I didn't tell my own family/friends that, I'm certainly not going to tell you!) Read about Senator Obama's plan for America http://www.barackobama.com/issues/ and read about the other candidates, both Senator Clinton or Senator McCain.

Read up. Inform yourself. Talk to family, friends, and neighbors.  I don't agree with all of Senator Obama's plans and ideas. But, to me, he has something more. He has the willingness, the history, and the gumption (if you will) to work with ALL sides of an issue and come to a resolution together.

I refuse to speak for anyone else, but I personally am tired of being afraid, and I'm tired of all the partisan bickering that I'm seeing in Washington because they aren't getting anything done.  We can have a better future for our children, but only if we are willing to step up and tell the people we've elected to our national government that we're not going to be apathetic any longer.

Thank you for listening, have a wonderful and safe weekend, and be sure to go vote on the 6th. This is your chance to have a real say in the future of this nation. It's a free nation with free elections, we need to celebrate and honor that fact.

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