Sunday, November 6, 2011

Tom Gillen, Our Choice

As students, most of us have but a temporary tryst with the city of Oswego, heading for greener pastures as soon as tassels move from left to right on graduation day. But the rules of public parks and loaned spaces should still apply here—we ought to leave this place in better condition than when we found it. That kind of stewardship has helped the city along for decades now, seeing it through the transition from shipping hub to industrial hotspot to energy Mecca. It’s a tradition that we as the current crop of students are obligated to continue, and with verve.

Those aware of this duty already take steps to meet its requirements. For instance, we could cite the plethora of volunteer hours worked by students, the number of internships to Oswego organizations and businesses, as well as a host of campus-community outreach projects.

Now, we’re asking you to do just one more thing: vote.

On Nov. 8, the city will hold its election for mayor of Oswego. The choice here is a simple and unambiguous one, Tom Gillen, the only candidate who can get our city working again.

The Oswegonian does not make this endorsement lightly, nor in the interest of particular ideology, as we are neither a Democratic, nor a Republican, rag. We are an independent publication, but we are not a blind one. The city of Oswego needs jobs, and a thriving economy in order to attract them. That is the only metric by which those drawn here to learn will stay here to work. Economic growth will be the genesis of each tool by which we solve every other problem in the city.

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