I voted

This isn’t a political blog, but … wait, this feels like déjà vu.

No, I’m not going to say anything else about the Juan Williams/NPR/Fox News controversy, except that I’m surprised my Orlando NPR affiliate took a a contrarian view on the issue.

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Surprised, but not necessarily in a bad way. A majority of my readers (about 75 percent) said Williams’ comments didn’t cross the line, and many believed he shouldn’t have been fired.

But that’s not why I’m writing this post. In a seminar on travel blogging I gave a few weeks ago in Orlando, I mentioned that online journalists have a responsibility to encourage their readers to vote.

Well, today I voted.

I live in Florida’s 24th Congressional district, which may swing back into the R category, like the rest of this country, in November. I wasn’t thrilled with the choices, either on the local, state or national level. And the ballot initiatives were snoozers — not like the ones I’m used to in California.

But I still voted. Filled out my absentee ballot and mailed it in.

I want to urge you to vote, too.

Look, midterm elections may not be the most exciting events. But they’re important, and they’ll determine the direction of this country for at least the next two years and perhaps longer.

Regardless of your political persuasion or your travel itinerary, please cast your ballot on Nov. 2 — if not sooner.

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