It appears there are two good candidates for the general election in the Governor’s race. From all accounts, both Ron Sparks and Robert Bentley fully intend to keep their commitments and run positive campaigns. If that happens – and I believe it will – candidates will discuss the real issues that face Alabama citizens. In comparing the platforms of the nominees for their respective parties, there don’t appear to be any major differences. Each is for creating good-paying jobs, improving public education at every level, dealing with the BP oil spill disaster and making sure that all responsible entities clean up the mess and compensate all of the victims promptly and fully. The next step, however, will be in providing solutions for all of Alabama’s many problems.
One major difference that I can see relates to the gambling issue that has taken far too much time and effort in the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of our state’s government over the past several years. Ron wants to allow the current gaming operations, properly regulate them and tax them. Dr. Bentley wants the voters to have an opportunity for an up or down vote on the gambling issue. I really don’t have a big problem with either position. I am convinced that most Alabamians want the public debate over gambling to end and the issue resolved one way or the other. Personally, I favor a vote on the issue so that our elected officials can get down to the business of running state government and tackling the monumental problems facing our state. My initial assessment is that we have two good candidates running in the general election for a change. The one who is able to communicate with the voters and give straight answers to direct questions will have a definite advantage. The public is looking for candidates who really believe what they say and who will act on those beliefs. We have had too many broken promises and ignoring problems over the years. Hopefully, those days are over.
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