If you see something you agree or disagree with say something

Most of the time I as publisher do not place editorial opinions, cartoons or the like in the newspaper but with continued apathy among all voters in this country. I have to speak up.

I want readers to agree. I want readers to disagree. I want anything but apathy. A newspaper’s role should be to inform and to encourage everyone to care about our county, state, and country. Caring means actually doing something like voting.

This country will be electing a new president soon. We just held state elections yet many people are wishy-wash about the whole process. I want people to vote. In our country, we should have 75 or 80 percent voter turnout since that would show how important it is.

Recently, a ton of college students turned out to protest at the University of Missouri and other colleges yet when the protesters were polled most had not voted in municipal or state elections nor national elections. Change is only done at the ballot boxes and yet they protested rather than voted it seems.

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In other words, we (the newspaper) want people caring, we want them active, we want you to speak up and we want you to vote every time there is an election.

All three of our newspapers welcome all points of view for publication and provides the Letters to the Editor page as an open forum for residents to express themselves regarding politics, government, current events and local concerns.

Use your letter to the editor to sway persons to the side you believe in. Write it so your points are clear logical and get others fired up about your thoughts or cause or candidate.

All letters are printed as space allows and provided they are signed and include address and phone number for verification. Letters may not be printed if we cannot verify them. Names will not be withheld from publication. Most letters are printed as submitted. We rarely edit letters and only reject unsigned unverified letters.

We value our readers’ opinions even (especially) the ones who disagree with publisher’s, editor’s and staff’s views and opinion. We believe whole-heartedly in the First Amendment and feel it’s number 1 status is well-deserved.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

So, if you read or see something in the newspaper that you have an opinion about we want to hear from you. Our democracy was not built on silence. It was built on the grumblings of men with high ideals. In this modern age, you have so many ways to contact us: email newsroom@winstoncountyjournal.com, mail it to 119 North Court Louisville, Ms 39339, message us on facebook with note that it is for publication in letters to the editor.

The weekly deadline is 5 p.m. Friday. Opinions expressed in letters do not reflect those of Louisville Publishing.

Get informed; get mad, get sad or get something but speak up, vote, turnout, make things better with your voice and actions.

Editor’s note: Joseph McCain is the publisher of the Webster Progress Times, Winston County Journal and Choctaw Plaindealer. He may be reached at 662-803-5236 or 662-773-6241 or email newsroom@winstoncountyjournal.com.