REGISTER VIEWPOINT: Ohio's voice heard -- for a change

It's a great time to be an Ohio voter in a presidential election -- for a change. For a change, you can tell the candidates a
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

It's a great time to be an Ohio voter in a presidential election -- for a change.

For a change, you can tell the candidates apart.

For a change, the candidates can grab your imagination and your hope and hold onto it -- and convince you they can do the job.

For a change, Ohio's vote matters.

Usually, by the time the presidential primary rolls into Ohio, the states that have already voted have winnowed the candidates to one per party, or at best one presumptive nominee and a handful of folks along for the ride. Not this time.

Sure, John and his hair are gone, and so is Mitt, and Dennis and Ron went home to tend to their districts, and Miracle Mike just keeps on keepin' on -- but there are Barack and Hillary and the other John, the guy who shoots from the lip and the hip and has a history with which no sane person would argue.

And after 20 years in which one of two names held sway in the White House, there is the possibility of, yes, change -- in a world that has changed beyond recognition.

Now if Cuyahoga County can get its voting problems sorted out (again) and not hold up the rest of us, and satisfy the Secretary of State and the ACLU, maybe the crowds that form everywhere the candidates go translate into voters at the polls and ballots in the boxes, Ohio can take this unprecedented opportunity and make it count.

Ohio has long been known as the "cradle of presidents." Seven, count 'em, seven, called Ohio home. And mounting a campaign without giving thought to Ohio was unthinkable. Where would George W. Bush be without Ohio?

But it always seemed, once the primary system got up to steam, other voters got to make the decisions. Not this time.

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have trod in the Buckeye State, and John McCain can't be too far behind. They have things to say to us, and we to them. We need to go where they are, and listen -- and talk.

Ask. Know. Vote.

Somebody should make that a slogan.

And Barack? Hillary? John? We know you know computers. That invitation to sanduskyregister.com is still open.