Spring brings storms, pollen and warmer weather to a winter weary Arkansas. It is so good to see green grass and flowers again that we all feel a little more spring in our step these days. Another thing that spring brings to Arkansas is the May 20 Primary Election.

It seems that elections roll around much sooner now than they used to, and the campaign ads on television are never-ending. But, they are a good reminder that we, as citizens, have a duty to vote for the best candidates for the jobs at hand. Voting is a duty first, and a privilege second. Many people around the world do not have the privilege to vote as we do. People who do have the right to vote, however, often do not take this duty seriously. I often hear people say that they don’t register to vote so they won’t be called for jury duty, another duty and privilege we were granted by our Founding Fathers. How selfish and unpatriotic is that attitude? They gripe about the way things are run in their towns, counties, states and in the country, but they won’t vote in order to avoid jury duty??? Come on, people!! This is your country, and if you don’t want to participate in the duties citizenship demands; then maybe you don’t deserve the privileges it affords.

I just don’t understand the mindset of people now. I could not wait to have the chance to vote. When my mother had to move to Arkansas from Louisiana several years ago to move into assisted living near our family, the first thing she wanted to do was go to the courthouse and register to vote in Arkansas. Sadly, she did not live long enough to vote in a national election, but she was ready; and she had never missed a chance to vote in her life. Among her belongings, in her cedar chest, she had letters and cards from numerous Presidents and their families that were sent out to loyal supporters. She had campaign buttons, earrings and pins from as far back as the Eisenhower administration. She loved this country, the Conservative candidates, and she was one of the truest Americans I have ever known. She never refused to do what was right, even if it meant that she might have to do jury duty, for heaven’s sake!

When May 20 rolls around, you can go to the polls and vote for whomever you please. You have opportunities to learn about the candidates and to form your own opinions about each of them. When you go to the polls, you can ask for a Republican or a Democrat ballot (regardless of how you are registered) in the Primary Election. No matter whom you vote for, please vote. Do your duty as a citizen of the United States and choose the candidates you believe will do the best job for we the people.

Linda Davis is a Drew County resident