The annual fall exercise we call the November General election has arrived. Once again this year a small percentage of us will be deciding who should serve us in elective positions or what we’ll pay in taxes to support government or school services. It has become so easy to vote on Election Day or in advance, that it seems to me that the only excuse one could have for failing to exercise his or her right to vote is apathy. I congratulate the men and women who’ve stepped forward to seek positions in public service today. The work of serving on a school board, a city or village council, is largely a thankless job with pay that amounts to a few bucks an hour if they spend the time that it takes to be truly involved. Over the past 40 plus years I’ve been doing this job I’ve discovered a few things about those who seek election to public office. Some take the plunge because they are concerned about a certain policy or aspect of the job. A few get involved because they have an ax to grind. Most just feel as I do that everyone has an obligation to serve the public in some way during their life time. The reason that so many of the positions up for grabs today feature no opposition is that people who own or work for businesses are concerned that the actions they take may adversely effect their livelihoods and I must admit I have seen that happen a time or two. I think the people who seek election to serve us are owed a debt of gratitude from the rest of us/ Win or lose I think they will be better for the experience. That’s the way I see it.