So, lately the blog has taken a little break thanks in part to my current Candy Crush and “Star Trek: Voyager” on Netflix addictions. The good news(?) is that I’m not that far from the end of Candy Crush. What will I do with all my free time when I’ve finally stopped playing that stupid game? Why can’t I stop playing that stupid game? I’m also less than 20 episodes from the end of “Voyager.” I envision this world where all I’ll do is write when both things end. Right?
Anyway, onward to better blogging behavior.
Today Ohio had local elections and even as I walked to the poll, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. Recently our school system had some major changes and I have been extremely unhappy with how our school board handled everything. And by everything, I really do mean everything. Every single possible detail of a certain situation was handled completely ass backwards. Even the nitty gritty details like transportation got completely messed up when these big changes took place.
After all this insanity, I knew I wanted to vote out the incumbents one at a time. Whoever was up for reelection was going down.
There were three people running for two positions in our school board– 1) the incumbent, 2) a guy I think shares my political and educational values, and 3) a guy I’m pretty sure does NOT share my values.
I really wanted the incumbent out, but I didn’t want to vote for the guy whose educational and political values went against my own. On paper, the incumbent’s values were just like mine, but I knew that that particular board member had done an especially horrible job handling our school system’s big changes. I wanted that board member out of there, but I didn’t want that other guy in there.
What the hell are you supposed to do in a situation like that?
I ended up voting for the guy whose values I didn’t like over the incumbent whose theoretical values I liked, but whose actions I hated.
My dilemma, of course, didn’t make much of a difference.
The incumbent and the guy whose values I liked ended up winning. Do people have that short of memories or did other people handle the dilemma differently? Or did they just have no idea for whom they just voted since our newspaper’s coverage was lacking?
Even though I’m upset the incumbent retained her seat, I’m glad I don’t have to find out what the candidate I didn’t agree with might have done. Or maybe he would have been better. Hard to say.