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Hooper: Even if you have to hold your nose, get out and vote

Published Mar. 13, 2016

Discontent and dismay continue to infect the enthusiasm for voting, but it has never been more important to engage in the political process.

Some will stay home on Tuesday because this candidate has never done anything for their people or that one won't win in the general or this one is scary. Some say not voting is a vote.

Balderdash. If we don't care who wins, the winner won't care about us after getting into office. Apathy can't yield solutions.

I can live with those who vote while holding their noses, those who vote for one candidate as a vote against another and those who vote their convictions.

But what I like most are those who vote because they realize shirking the civic duty only serves to hurt the nation. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Pro Respectful Dialogue …

My friend Ken Lawson, the secretary for the state's Department of Business and Professional Regulation, will host a "Celebrating Women In Business" panel discussion from 1 to 3 p.m. March 31 at CAMLS. RSVP at communications@myflorida

Kudos to Hillsborough High students Angel Perez, Craig Robinson, Ervis Fernandez and Giancarlo Martinez Primo. The students in Joe Humphrey's U.S. government class sent handwritten letters to President Barack Obama after his address on guns in the wake of the San Bernardino, Calif., shootings.

Last week, the students received a letter from the president. Said Humphrey: "No matter your politics, I think we can agree it's still pretty cool to get a letter from the White House."

We need more civics lessons like this in the classroom and fewer civics lessons on Facebook.

That's all I'm saying.