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Sun, Sept. 22

Editorial: Are you ready for the Trump versus Clinton election?

Our job as responsible voters is to get past the 24-hour news channel sound bites and the name-calling antics of candidates vying to run this country.

We should be fact-checking outrageous claims, listening closely to see if the candidate really does understand the issues and stop the name-calling ourselves.

The problem is that so many Americans are drawn to the sound bites, the Facebook memes and the brightest, loudest character performing in front of them. We aren’t exactly known for searching for substance.

That needs to change with this presidential election. Stop the name calling and the jokes: this is real.

You most likely will be choosing either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton as our next president. I’m not endorsing either here, I’m merely asking you to look beyond the pre-conceived ideas and nasty words lobbed at, and by, both candidates.

Think long and hard about the pros and cons to having one of them in the most visible office in the world.

I’m also asking you to vote. If everyone voted who has put their two-cents into this election, we’d have a phenomenal turnout at the polls. Put something behind your own rhetoric: a vote.

When Trump spoke in Arizona for the first time last year, I likened the show to a circus. Sadly, the entire electoral process has grown into a larger circus.

However, it’s time to rise above that image and start to seriously consider the fate of America, in realistic terms.

As this election gets uglier, and it probably will, put yourself above the blather and keep your eye on the issues, not the larger-than-life personalities.

If you are unhappy with the election outcome and didn’t vote, don’t spend the next four years complaining.

A lot of the real power sits in the Congress, so don’t forget to spend quality time considering your choice of representation.

A president can only do so much — good or bad —without the backing of Congress.

The choices are all ours. Let’s make educated ones.

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