By Chelle Delaney: QCS Staff
Some people just don’t do it.
These people are perfectly normal. They pay their taxes. They’re law abiding. (They may take a drink or two, may even have a little too much, sometimes, but everybody considers them good people.)
These people work so they can make ends meet and maybe save a little. They may even have a farm and fertilize their crops with a pivot. Maybe they’re fortunate enough to own (except for the mortgage) their own home.
These people are certainly licensed drivers, they own and drive a vehicle. May be, the wife drives the car and the husband drives the pickup. They buy gas, more of it lately since the price has come down a wee bit.
These people go shopping, to the grocery store, to the pharmacy, wherever they want to go. Maybe, since we’ve learned about the uranium in our water, they may sometimes buy bottled water. For a change, they may drive to Clovis, Amarillo or Albuquerque to do some extra shopping.
Many of these people fix meals at home. Breakfast and dinner usually, or perhaps just dinner if they’re a working family. They may have to take lunch out. Sometimes, they go out to eat at night. Sometimes, they may take in a movie at the Odeon. Or get a book from the library.
And when it’s time, these people go to bed – just like everybody else.
These people are likely to have fallen in love. Decided to get married. Have kids.
They probably go to church on Sundays – one church or another. And maybe they’re especially generous when the collection plate comes around.
These people read. Like they read this newspaper. Maybe subscribe to a magazine or two.
They certainly watch television, maybe at night you’ve seen that familiar blue flickering light through their windows. They probably listen to radio, especially in the car.
They know what’s going on in the world. They’re up to date.
But unlike their friends and neighbors, they don’t do it.
They don’t vote.
We hope you aren’t one of “these people.”
By the way, you can vote today, even on a Saturday, at the Quay County Courthouse up until 6 p.m., and on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Chelle Delaney is the associate publisher of the Quay County Sun. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org