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Burrs: Times of trouble are times of opportunity, too

March 04, 2009|By JONATHAN R. BURRS

Webster's defines perilous as: Full of, attended with, or involving, peril; dangerous; hazardous; as, a perilous undertaking.

With the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, America was forced to engage in such a perilous mission. Whether one agrees or disagrees with the foreign policies of governments in the U.S. or the strategies used to engage those who threaten the freedoms we customarily enjoy, life as Americans once knew it will never be the same!

America is again being challenged, this time by a severe economic recession. Risky loan policy, predatory lending practices, corporate greed and irresponsible borrowing by those living above their means were all factors in the collapse of the economy.

But it is perilous times that provide the most opportunity, for they provide us the opportunity to cut government waste and frivolous spending and an opportunity to build practical, sustainable economies to benefit the average American - better known as the middle class.

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Whether it is national, state, or municipal elections, it is no longer prudent for the "silent majority" to continue to allow government to be controlled by bureaucrats who do not understand or identify with the plight of the middle class. Being a person who once believed that my one small vote could not make a difference and regardless of what I stood for, my voice would never be heard, I submit that the alternative of remaining silent in light of record government spending is no longer an acceptable option.

One key topic of local debate is the dates for the municipal elections. At present, city elections are held in March and May of the year following the national elections. Because the elections are held independent of state and national elections, the minimum cost to local taxpayers is $60,000, which is expected to increase significantly in the future should this practice continue.

In addition, the odd year election cycle results in extremely low voter turnout, which after reviewing the statistics from 2005, seems to have significantly hurt both major political parties.

City council will allow voters to decide whether the election dates will be changed to coincide with national dates. However, we need maximum participation from registered voters in both the primary and general elections being held on March 10 and May 19 respectively.

With the perils facing society today, it is imperative to elect to public office responsible, results-oriented people with histories of achieving superior results. I come to you today, poised, eager, and ready to tackle the colossal tasks that lay ahead.

For approximately 20 years I have provided information technology services to the business community in a variety of diverse industries, achieving superior results and consistently exceeding client expectations. I remain an active volunteer in the Hagerstown community for the sole purpose of service and help to others. For additional information and research on my candidacy explaining why I am the people's choice candidate, please visit my campaign Web site at www.jonathanburrs.com and be on the lookout for me in your neighborhood in the upcoming weeks.

Please let your voice be heard, say it loud, say it proud. "Get out the vote" in the upcoming elections on March 10 and May 19.

Jonathan R. Burrs is a candidate for mayor of Hagerstown

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