I would like to publicly thank all of the teachers in Claremore who give their best every day to their students and the future of our country. I cannot express how important education is to all of our futures.

In this regard I fully agree with Nelson Mandela when he said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” I urge everyone to exercise due diligence before you decide to support any political candidate. Go to their website. Ask questions. Be informed. Study their past voting records and performance in office. Choosing our political leaders is too important to simply select a candidate based on the R or D in front of their name. Making a political choice should not be like a popularity contest; base your voting decision on past performance and commitment to the issues which are important to you and your family.

Linda Batty

Claremore