For the past few weekends, I have been canvassing in Tiffin. I'm discovering how diverse and well-versed its people are. As a newcomer moving here from a big city in the south, I didn't know what to expect. The open minds I've met helped me realize I've found a good place to live.
All but one household was courteous and willing to share the many reasons they have for supporting their choice for president. Announcing myself as a volunteer with the Seneca County Democrats opened doors and started conversations about the coming election and the options before us. Since I was focusing on 'undecided' voters, I was encouraged by the honest questions and comments they had about the president's first four years.
One woman had read the entire Affordable Health Care Act and talked about the options that were appealing and troublesome to her. We agreed that unbiased information was the best way to make a decision.
A veteran from the Korean War knew the ins and outs of Medicare. He seemed to be leaning toward President Barack Obama's measured approach for keeping the program strong. He had served his country and was confident his benefits would continue.
Another woman pondered the best kind of health program for her family that includes a physically challenged young adult who would not be eligible for health care without the health care act's provision for pre-existing conditions.
I talked with people who were knowledgeable and capable of sifting through divisive ads and finding the truth.
I came away knowing America is in good hands already a committed, educated public ensures a steady-as-she-goes approach to the problems that lie ahead. It's so good to know this small town is practical, sees the big picture, and understands the vision it takes to meet the challenges of the next four years.
Sue Wightman, Tiffin