Our important obligation

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By The Staff

"Leadership is the capacity and will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence."

- Bernard Montgomery

While it may often be unfair, elected officials are held to a higher accountability than the average person. Their character, their pasts, their integrity - all are intensely scrutinized.

Look, for example, at the current presidential campaign. If what's going on in newspapers and on television stations across the country isn't intense scrutiny we don't know what is.

But it has sometimes seemed as if the most important election our country faces is turning into a circus.

In the Republican race, it seemed as if a new candidate dropped out every other day.

Democrats counterpunch each other every new hour, it seems.

In Kentucky, Democrats and Republicans have a vastly different approach to education and how the state should test our children's comprehension.

A newly elected Democratic governor can't even agree with members of his own party on how best to balance a state budget that has service sectors crying for some new revenue resource.

While all these headlines dominate our daily newscasts and newspapers, the task of finding the final presidential candidate may well rest in Kentucky's May Primary.

It's not likely that the outcome will be determined anytime soon, so Kentucky voters will have a say when we go to the polls in two months.

Whether it's our apathy or just plain disinterest - or even perhaps laziness? - far too many of us take this powerful right for granted.

Of course, if we didn't have the right, we'd all fight long and hard for it. But since we have it already, maybe we don't think of it as a right. But it is a heavy obligation for anyone who has a Democratic say-so in May.

Make an educated choice. Learn all you can today so that when the opportunity comes you'll be prepared to complete a citizen's most sacred right.