, Gloucester, MA

May 21, 2013

Editorial: Time to vote in Manchester

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — These are heady times for political involvement in Manchester.

With officials still wrestling with the Town Meeting-approved plastic bag ban, and a special Town Meeting also looming on Wednesday (see news story, Page 1), there have been all sorts of meetings and events that cry out for residents’ and voters’ attention.

But first and foremost should be today’s election, in which town voters are being called upon to choose two new selectmen from three diverse candidates, and to give their town leaders the green light to use a debt exclusion override to purchase and clean up the last of the Pine Street properties needed to meet the demands of a state Department of Environmental Protection mandate.

If you live in Manchester and haven’t yet gotten to Memorial Elementary School to cast your ballot, be sure to do so.

The polls are open until 8 p.m., so you have plenty of time to do so. Remember, voting and choosing our leaders on all levels of government is not just one of our most cherished rights. It’s a civic duty as well.