I am not politically neutral. If two candidates are campaigning for office, any office, I have an opinion about which one should win. That's how I am built.
There are a lot of campaigns going on right now. I have an opinion about each of them, even the ballot questions. Anybody who asks me how I think he or she should vote, will get an answer straight, no chaser. I am not shy about answering those questions when asked.
But you didn't ask me. By you, I mean the people reading this column. You didn't look longingly at your Sunday paper and wonder how I thought you should vote.
So I will keep my opinion to myself.
However, I will say, again, that you must vote. The ballot does ask your opinion and mine on questions ranging from who should be president to whether we should allow sales of alcohol on Sunday. Every item on the ballot asks your opinion. If you are anything like me, you should be happy to share your thoughts.
One thing is certain, on Wednesday, all the hotly debated questions about charter schools and sheriffs and DAs will be settled. Regardless of how much money is spent, how many doors are canvassed or what people think about the outcome, on Wednesday, this campaign season will be over. The die will be cast. The prospect of waking up on Wednesday to a series of decisions with which you disagree and that cannot be changed for at least a couple of years should be motivation enough for you to head to the polls on Tuesday.
I will say it again, I have strong opinions about every item on the ballot. I voted because I believe my opinions are right. If you are comfortable with my opinion carrying the day, if you don't mind my early vote standing as a larger part of a smaller group of total votes cast, stay at home on Tuesday. I appreciate you having enough confidence in me to let me make these important decisions for you.
I suspect, though, most of you, perhaps even all of you would rather not leave the outcome of Tuesday's elections up to me. Whether you agree with my opinion or not, you probably don't like the idea of me having an oversized voice in this election. More to the point, you probably don't like the idea that you would have no voice in this election.
If you haven't already, vote Tuesday. If you need some help deciding for whom or how to vote, let me know. As I am sure you have gathered by now, I am glad to share my opinions on this election with anyone who asks.
Karl Douglass, Columbus native and resident, is a frequent commenter on local, state and federal politics. Follow him on Twitter@KarlDouglass or facebook.com/karldouglass.