Double heart break

Due to circumstances beyond my control I’m not going to have the opportunity to vote this year.  It will be the first vote I have missed in many, many years.

We found out late Friday that a dear friend in Kentucky, Bettie Lewis is her name, decided that 87 years was a pretty good amount of time to have spent with us and went to the light quietly – as is her way.  I’m flying out tomorrow to sing her a song.

In hindsight I should have taken advantage of early voting, come to find out I could have voted as late as yesterday morning but didn’t find that out until after the polls closed at 1:00p.  Then I thought I might be able to vote tomorrow before leaving but the early voting venues are now closed in preparation for the actual election day on Tuesday.

So my heart is broken twice.  First, and foremost, because Bettie is gone.  Secondly, because I’ll not get the long-worked-for opportunity to cast my vote for the $5.5M bond to renovate War Memorial Stadium.  I had also planned to work some polling places Tuesday to urge others to cast an affirmative vote for my cause, but instead I have other important work to do: I’ve got to carry Bettie to her grave.

So here’s a sincere appeal.  If someone out there is dead set on voting against the WMS bond (perhaps you, John Hammer), do me a huge favor and cast my WMS vote for me.  If someone will let me know that you held your nose and placed a check mark in the “yes” box on bond item #9, I will return the favor during the next election and vote for whatever candidate or cause that you want – even if I have to hold my nose while doing so.  I promise I will.

Thanks go out to the N&R and Anthony Piraino for depicting why my appeal shouldn’t be that hard to stomach.

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4 Comments

  1. Posted November 5, 2006 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Well, I’ll be sure to vote for the WMS bond and will convince hubby to do the same. Condolences on your loss, Hogg. (btw: fix that second link to Anthony…)

  2. Posted November 5, 2006 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    Without actually saying so, your post makes a good case for casting an early vote as soon as it becomes available.

  3. Posted November 5, 2006 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Agreed, Bubba. You just never know what might come up.

    So, can I count on owing you a vote next election?

  4. Britt Whitmire
    Posted November 5, 2006 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    I’m bummed that you won’t be voting, but I am sorry for your loss.

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