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Letter: Conflict of events on March 1 is unfortunate

To the editor,

Your Feb. 11, 2016, Star Gazette did a great job of publicizing the 2016 election. It has come to my attention that, while Minnesota Law mandates all 87 counties in Minnesota hold the major political party precinct caucuses at 7 p.m. on March 1 in each year of a presidential election in locations designated in a local newspaper, another event has been planned on the same day. Unfortunately there is also the Hastings Tastings, a most worthwhile and important event for the same March 1 date, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at SEAS church.

This letter is to encourage our concerned citizenry to consider the importance of both events that evening. In our democracy, we are the voice in our government by our vote, and if we are aware of the concerns of our families, and our country, etc., we will realign our schedules in the interest of protecting and enhancing the common good of our people.

One of the most important functions of the party’s precinct caucus (in whichever party’s caucus you attend) is your ability to sign your “Presidential Preference Ballot” upon arrival at the caucus. Many people don’t know that the results of this vote determine how many delegates that candidate gets at that party’s state and national endorsing conventions. The excessive amounts of media being bought by political action committees and billionaires need not determine our elections. We must become informed and involved in choosing capable and committed leaders we can trust to represent us.