The media is inundated with the ignobility of politics on the federal level and our cynicism of politicians continues to deepen. We like to think that if we held the reins, we would uphold the ideals of our democratic freedoms, especially as it pertains to free and fair elections. And yet, we have witnessed the opposite in our fair Village of Albion.
Mayoral candidate Kevin Doherty has been hindered in his campaign by the prevailing powers in a petulant act which is just par for the course in our Village. And yet, this eternal optimist actually expected the incumbent party to reach out with an offer for an alternative venue for Mr. Doherty, recognizing that it is important to protect the political freedoms of expression, conscience, association, and assembly, so that our citizens could make an informed decision on March 20th. Instead we appear to be subject to an imperious government that believes in some skewed notion of divine accession.
“To whom much has been given, much is required,” and as a tax-paying resident of the Village of Albion, I am underwhelmed by the current Village Board. Were it not for the tremendous investments and efforts of private citizens who have put their livelihoods on the line to bring commerce into our Village, our community has been wallowing in sullen inertia for far too long.
Effective leaders inspire, empower, and encourage. I don’t think that there is any argument that our Village is struggling mightily and if there ever was a time for inspiring leadership, it is now. We have a choice on Tuesday to either continue to preserve the present formula and hope for some miracle to change our trajectory or strike out to spark a change. Please consider the evidence and vote for a better future for Albion!