Posts Tagged ‘mom’

Time to Vote

November 15, 2016

My daughter turned 18 this year. On her birthday we did many exciting fun things that an 18 year old can legally do. One of the most exciting things left to do is vote. She has watched her Mom and I vote for years. This year she gets to join us.

The other night I asked her if she knew who she was voting for and if she knew the issues. “Not completely Dad” she says, “I know who I want for President.” Good start let’s look at the rest and figure it out. So we went out to the Ada County Elections https://adacounty.id.gov/elections/ clicked on voter information and view my ballot, we found our polling place via the polling place locator and pulled up our ballot. WHEW, somewhat hard to find. Got lost a few times however the journey was worth it.

We looked at the candidates and spoke about them. We argued about the issues, loved it. Dad, what if I don’t know who these people are? How do I choose? I explained that not choosing either candidate is a good option. Not the best mind you that’s why we look before we go into the booth. We research the issues. As we read them she asked “why can’t they be written in easier language?” ah the joys of politics. We talked about when we had a vote and the yes meant no and vice versa. Talk about confusing. We talked about the candidates running unopposed. “Do I have to vote for them?” no, you could write in someone else’s name.

All of us were surprised at the number of candidates running for President 8 of them. Also surprised by the CWI bond, a good thing I believe, currently serving 20,000 students. Gets my vote. The library bond is on the ballot. I vote yes, my kiddos were and are turbo readers and I think we should support reading more. Please vote yes. The Western Ada Recreation Bond for 2 swimming pools is an interesting question. Many don’t like the idea of paying to build a pool and then paying to get in. I loved playing in the neighborhood pool as a kid. However this bond would cost home owners an estimated $14.42 per $100,000 of home value, an additional couple of bucks per year. On a $300,000 home the owner would pay $3.60 per month. For many, that price is less than a cup of coffee. I’ll vote yes. Whether you agree or not, please get out and vote. All the Best Richie Rich

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School Has Begun

September 6, 2016

Hello Everyone, SCHOOL HAS BEGUN, there will be traffic delays, people running late. School buses will be making stops. Don’t forget to stop yourself when the bus does.

Also remember that our police officers will be out helping us to remember to slow down in school zones. As we all should. There will be new drivers on the road, new kids in drivers ed wondering, should I change lanes or not. Please try and be patient and not have a road rage incident.

I myself will be trying to say kids, kids, kids every time I stop at a stop light or red light before I turn. Just trying to remind myself that the munchkins will be out and about and I need to raise my level of awareness.

All of this is a great reminder that summer is winding down and fall is about to arrive. I certainly enjoy the cool mornings; just wish the smoke was gone. Summer has been great and I am looking forward to fall, soup and stew, football and futbol.  How about you?

Real Estate is still doing well. Homes are still selling, rates are low and life is good. As we begin the fall rituals keep in mind there is still plenty of time to enjoy your backyard spaces, start planning fall projects or just kick back and relax like a sleepy old tick hound on the front porch. All the Best Richie Rich


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