Enough Already!

Ok, you can stop now. I’m not sure who is to blame for all the uninvited text messages to my phone and email. All I know is that when they ask me for their support or ask who I am voting for, I text back STOP or IT’S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.

And how do they know whether I have voted already or not? Sometimes it makes me want to pull the blinds tight and survey my yard with binoculars over fear of just who is watching me. I’ve not quite reached the paranoia stage but I do carry a rosary in my purse.

I am beginning to think that my smartphone is way ahead of me, and that Alexa has already started making my Christmas list. It’s kind of spooky when Alexa and Siri know what I’m looking for even before I do. I asked Alexa to play a song from the 1970s the other day. Ever since, she keeps asking if I want to subscribe to The Carpenters’ station. I finally told her I already have the album.

With all the hoopla over Iran and Russia allegedly spreading propaganda and fake news over the internet, I’m convinced more than ever how dangerous social media can be. I have family members on both sides of the political spectrum — thus we no longer discuss such topics. In fact, a few of them have retreated from Facebook and other social media sites until after the election.

Heck, they just might find their lives are better without so much virtual interference.

While social media is pretty much a must-have for anyone in the media, I find I’d rather look at pictures of cute babies and animals than the garbage being strewn about by heaven knows who regarding our candidates and political parties. Some of the stuff being pushed into our psyches online is reprehensible. Much of it is laughable, but sad at the same time.

Like many of you, I can’t wait for Nov. 3rd to come and go.

I enjoy going to my polling place on Election Day and seeing the same friendly poll workers. Going to the polls reminds me of walking with our parents to Woodsdale School where they, too, met up with friends and neighbors on Election Day.

They took us with them because they believed in the sanctity of the election process and wanted to set a good example for their offspring.

I often wonder what they would think of everything that is going on today. Please get out and vote, one way or another.

Heather Ziegler can be reached via email at hziegler@theintelligencer.net or by mail at 1500 Main St., Wheeling, WV 26003.


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