We will have our traditional Scripps Ranch Candidates Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Scripps Ranch Library. There, you can meet the candidates and hear their views on the elections. Hopefully, you will also be able to see the candidates in their true light.
It is often difficult to determine the qualifications and character traits of a candidate. They have been carefully schooled and groomed by professional managers to put forth the best possible persona. They are often carefully crafted, so it is hard to see the real person under the created façade.
When a candidate for elected office is considered, there are a number of factors and characteristics by which you can measure the individual. Then, you can make an intelligent choice and exercise your most precious right as a citizen–to vote.
Integrity–Nothing is more important than a high sense of integrity in a public official. It is often difficult to achieve positive and creative results in an ethical, balanced, and moral manner. But, without integrity, the results can be disastrous. There is no virtue in duplicity and lack of truthfulness.
Personality and character–The ability to get along with others, even those with whom you disagree, is necessary in all aspects of living. An elected official must be able to conduct himself or herself with honor, character, dignity, and a respect for others. Resisting outside pressure from campaign financing is a must, while seeking the best solution.
Stamina–Any elected job requires considerable physical strength, endurance, stamina, and a sense of patience. Attending long meetings and not having enough time to study all the background creates tremendous demands and pressures. Attending community meetings well into the evening hours, while essential to retaining a sense of approachability, places pressure on family life.
Flexibility–In any elected office there are many different constituencies, all demanding attention. Yet, all cannot be accommodated. Allocating the time and energy to the multitude of tasks present is formidable.
Responsiveness–An elected official must be responsive to the desires, hopes, and aspirations of the constituents. They must be able to attend community meetings, listen and learn, and respond as best as they can. Can they please everyone? Of course not. But, they can have the satisfaction of serving to the best of their ability and using the power of their office for good.
Choice of candidate–Which candidate do you choose? The one you perceive as best suited for the elected office as your representative. One who will do the best job for you and all others. The candidate with the strength of character, stamina, family support, wisdom, and integrity that is needed.
Once you vote, then remember whoever wins the election is now your elected official and needs your support. Services and support, of course, are your right to request, but not demand, of the official. America benefits by informed citizens in action. Make your vote count. Vote for the candidate of your choice.
Recently a Scripps Ranch homeowner wrote to the SRCA Newsletter about the behavior of residents who walk the public trails. She felt that it was discourteous to stare into someone’s backyard while walking trails or green belts. She complained that neighbors holding conversations at her back fence create a "bark fest" for her pooches.
Although I sympathize with her, I wonder what this homeowner’s next door neighbors are supposed to do when they want to enjoy their own backyard? Keep their voices down so as not to disturb her dogs? Better yet, not use their backyards at all? In my neck of the woods, I am fortunate to have several courteous, dog-owning neighbors who would never allow their dog to create a bark fest.
However, in every neighborhood there is always the one exception. One homeowner lets his dog out in his backyard every night at 11 pm with the inevitable "please let me back in" barking to wake up those who turned in early. Some nights the dog is let out just for a short but piercing "woof, woof, woof" at 1 am.
To make sure that everyone wakes up at the same time and retirees and young children on the block do not sleep late, the dog is barking again at 6 am. So, let’s be courteous to our neighbors. Do not stare into their backyards, and please reduce noise pollution–train and control your barking dog.