REGISTER VIEWPOINT: Your turn

In Sandusky, we have an election that could not only dramatically change (again) the makeup of the city commission, but the directio
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

In Sandusky, we have an election that could not only dramatically change (again) the makeup of the city commission, but the direction the city will take in the future.

In Perkins Township, the same thing.

In Vermilion, a sharply divisive race for mayor.

And Sandusky voters will also be asked to consider whether another 25 cents per $100 earned income is a realistic price to pay for keeping city services alive -- or whether city officials have not done enough to curb spending.

Schools all around the area are seeking more money, often in the wake of deep cuts to heretofore taken-for-granted services seen either as wise but difficult choices or threats. But in Bellevue and Port Clinton, a new wrinkle: Approval of new taxes will mean matching funds from the state for new or upgraded buildings the districts say are vital to providing the education needed in a technological world.

A change in the state constitution to allow casinos in four major cities.

Another state issue intended to make sure farm animals are treated humanely -- all the while, farmers say, staving off national activists bent on removing meat from the diet.

Under the radar are things like a state bond issue to fund a veterans bonus, and, locally, a levy to provide for mental health services.

And council races, and township trustee races, and school board races, and on and on and on.

If you live in one of these places, if you work in one of these places, if you have children going to school in one of these places, you have a vested interest in how these things turn out.

And the only way to protect that interest is to vote.

If you haven't done so already, all Ohio polling places are open 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesday.