Warning: This one is partisan:
Today is Election Day, and while this election has been one for the history books in more ways than one, Election Day does have a rich history and tradition.
Many are calling for a national holiday, so everyone is able to vote on Election Day. I agree with this, but having a federal or state holiday doesn’t always ensure that everyone has the day off. Retail people are not off on most federal holidays as well as police and fire, so it’s not a sure thing.
When I was in elementary school, schools were closed on Election Day. The schools were the polling places, and it was better for everyone if kids weren’t disrupting the march of democracy. Even though we were home, we had a regular babysitter, so my parents still worked during their regular work hours and would need to vote afterwards. Not voting was never an option.
Coming home from work with little time for kids and dinner and getting out the vote, we often had a simple dinner, much the same when my brother and sister had their weekly allergy shots appointment. A simple dinner consisted of tuna fish sandwiches, egg salad for everyone but me, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese or if we were really lucky, McDonald’s.
In small towns across the country, food and voting go hand in hand. Just this week, I’ve seen signs and advertisements for a roast beef dinner, lasagna, and an apple pie festival. In the past, I’ve seen pot roast dinners, BBQ, and chili cook-offs, not to mention school and church bake sales to raise money for clubs and whatnot.
How many ways do we have to encourage people to get out, drop their apathy and vote. Apparently, food is number one.
This year, there is a lot of talk of taco trucks on every corner if a certain candidate wins, and what better day for tacos on Election Day Tuesday to make it a Taco Tuesday.
My family will probably get pizza so we can watch the returns late into the night.
Personally, I love the I voted stickers, but they usually don’t have those when I go. A chocolate chip cookie after voting wouldn’t be unwelcome.
Today is Election Day.
In addition to local elections and propositions, there is a Presidential election. You may be able to tell who I support. I do try to keep my opinion pieces separate from my general political or news pieces.
However, regardless of who you’re supporting and why, please – – –
Know the facts, not innuendo or speculation about all of the candidates.
Do not be a one issue voter. There is so much more at stake than whether or not a candidate is pro-choice or pro-life or whether they view social security as a right, an earned return on their money or an. entitlement. Look at a variety of issues and where your preferred candidate stands on them.
Follow unbiased/more neutral than not political places like Ezra Klein, Chris Cilizza, Vox, Politifact, Media Matters or others that you find helpful and fact based.
Make your voices heard.
In honor of today being Election Day, I am sharing my photos of my old elementary school lunchbox. It
must have been a television show that I watched as a kid *. It was probably on during the Bicentennial in 1976. I’ve always loved history, and was really pleased to find this vintage, metal lunchbox in my parents’ garage before we sold the house.
*After many minutes of googling and clicking useless links, I finally discovered that Yankee Doodles was a comic strip that ran from 1973 to 1977. Three artists were listed: DonKracke, Fred Martin, and Ben Templeton. (Information furnished from Keith Adams from an online q&a)