If you haven’t voted, make sure you do. This is the most important election of my lifetime, that’s for sure. Sitting it out is inexcusable and unpatriotic.

Don’t forget that elected officials are responsible at a local level for public safety. This includes the prosecuting attorney, the county sheriff, judges, city council (oversee local police departments).

Maybe in Oakland County you don’t worry about policing or the judiciary. You don’t have any of those nasty, big cities within your borders. Everyone is just like you, right?! Worried about 401(k)s, stock portfolios, business opportunities, parks and maybe your schools (if you have school-age kids).

But you should worry about policing and the judiciary. You should worry about corruption and corrupt practices. You should carefully make choices so that your opportunity for a cleaner slate is not squandered.