Judgment Day is upon us. Voting begins tomorrow night. Thus, this will be the final blog post before the election.
I've been trying to figure out what to write in this final post. I think I have made my opinions known; there isn't much more I can add at this point. I thought about penning a ra-ra, Vince Lombardi speech, but it's too late for that now. We all know how we're going to vote, and I'm no motivational speaker, anyway.
I guess I'm at a loss for words. And if you've been reading this blog at all, you know that
doesn't happen very often.
So I'm just going to close with a few thoughts. Take care.
-- No matter which side of the issue you are on, VOTE. I'd hate for the union to fail or pass by, say, five votes ... with 10 people not voting.
-- Tensions are running high. We all know that. Let's try to be kind to one another, though.
-- When this is all said and done, I hope we can put our differences aside and work together to publish the best newspapers we can. Our readers deserve it.
-- I know some people want to strangle me right now. That's OK ... well, so long as they don't really do it! (I'm fragile.) Seriously, though, I hope that my "enemies" at least respect two things: I spent a lot of time standing up for what I believe, and that the discussion on this blog (not necessarily what I wrote, but the comments) have benefited us all. We needed a place to talk.
-- A lot of people have asked me who I think is going to win. It's going to be very, very close. To me, it sounds like people are 50/50. I think that gives the union the advantage, though, because some of the people claiming they're going to vote "no" are going to vote "yes" on the secret ballot. It's going to be very interesting, that's for sure.
-- Over the last few weeks, I've heard many comments about this blog, both positive and negative. Usually, these comments are accompanied by comments about Andy's blog, both positive and negative. I'm glad people have read and thought about both blogs, but this isn't a Battle of the Blogs. (Sounds like a lame reality show, huh?) I hope the focus will remain on the issues, not some "Joe vs. Andy" feud that doesn't really exist. My only problem with Andy personally is that he's a Yankees fan. Other than that -- well, and this whole union thing -- he's OK with me.
-- Did I really say above that I was at a loss for words?
-- I'm not management. I'm not on the union committee. I'm one of the people in the middle, just like most of you.
Let me be clear: I'm not smarter than anyone else, nor do I know better than anyone else. But I think it's fair to say that among all of us "middle men," no one has thought more about the union than I have. Therefore, I'd like to think that when I advocate a big "NO!", that means something.
I'll leave it at that.