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OPINION October 24, 2016

Exercising the power of the ballot box
Thomas Jefferson captured the idea of where a legitimate government gets its authority to govern in the Declaration of Independence, written in 1776.
This power comes from the consent of the governed. It is we the people, through our votes, that gives legitimacy to our democracy. However, when Jefferson penned his famous declaration, only white, male property owners were actually allowed to bestow that authority.
President Lyndon B. Johnson stated at the signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that, "The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men."
But it wasn't just African-American men who were "imprisoned" by lacking the vote, women had to fight for this fundamental right as well.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Do debates help us choose wisely?
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Election 2016: ultimate wake-up call?
Who dares write a letter to the editor or an op-ed column during such times of political confusion and rancor? And yet, in this community, we have so much to be thankful for!
We have a local newspaper that seeks out the candidates and provides questions whose answers will help us make good voting decisions.
We have a radio station that constantly works to improve the community. WJCP also offers candidates exposure that is valuable for the voter.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Why community newspapers matter
The chosen theme for this year's National News­paper Week is "Power of the Press,"and that power, it seems to me, is a very relative thing.
Everybody understands the power of, say, The New York Times or The Washington Post, but probably less recognized and appreciated is the power of the Deer Creek Pilot and the thousands of other small, community newspapers just like it all across the land.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

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