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Civic engagement, great HS football

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Local attorney Rick Kraft last week filed paperwork to appear on the ballot in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary, telling the Roswell Daily Record, “I don’t have an agenda issue that I am trying to get through, it’s more of a bucket list-type thing.”

Kraft said he’s not planning on entering any other primaries or caucuses, and most of his efforts to win over the hearts and minds of New Hampshirites will be carried out online, by way of a Facebook page he’s created and other social media.

If a President Kraft governed according to the principles of thoughtful human interaction and ethical leadership he often espouses in his “Just a thought” column, which appears weekly in the Roswell Daily Record — well, the country could do much worse.

Campaigning — even if just in one state, online — gives Kraft an opportunity to reach people, just as he does through his column. And of course, check a pretty big item off his bucket list.

It’s an intriguing effort, and one that along the way can set a good example: A first-time candidate for office, Kraft told the paper he hopes his run can inspire people to vote, and become civically engaged.

Thank veterans for our process of self governance

There are certainly avenues other than politics for becoming more engaged. But on the eve of Veterans Day, the process by which people choose (or become) leaders through the political process has added meaning.

We set aside a day each year to thank veterans for all they do. In Roswell, we devote more than a day to the effort, with events honoring veterans stretching over the better part of a week.

Much of their sacrifice is aimed at safeguarding a unique way of life — one that allows us to take control of our own destinies at the ballot box. And also, to influence in meaningful ways the lives of others.

Who knows? A move like Kraft’s might encourage others who’ve never run for office to make their own forays into politics. One doesn’t have to aim for the presidency to get started. Roswell voters just last week elected two candidates to the local school board who were seeking public office for the first time.

We’re in the early stages of a political season in the midst of a very political time. Opportunities to change the world — starting right outside one’s front door — are all around us. One more reminder to thank those willing to defend our freedoms.

Roswell again feels like center of 5A football universe

For the second year in a row, the football regular season has ended with the Coyotes and Rockets the top-ranked teams in the state in 5A. Roswell is No. 1, Goddard No. 2.

And once again, there’s a chance we could see the Wool Bowl host a state championship game played between the crosstown rivals. Only a Rockets loss to Los Lunas in the semifinal round prevented that last season. The Coyotes would thump Los Lunas 42-6 to secure the 2018 title.

There’s a lot of good high school football played across the country each fall. But how many cities get to watch a team as good as either the Coyotes or Rockets? Not many. To have two programs of this caliber in one town is unique — for those who enjoy football, a real gift.

Both teams had a bye as the playoffs got underway. Now that we can see how the bracket shapes up, it’s hard to not start thinking again about how much fun and how intense a Roswell-Goddard state championship game at the Wool Bowl would be.

Red vs. Blue — on a green (turf) field, with rules that make sense.

That could be how this season ends for football fans in Roswell. Here’s hoping. Good luck to both the Rockets and Coyotes as their playoff journeys begin this week.

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John Dilmore is editor of the Roswell Daily Record. He can be reached at editor@rdrnews.com. The views expressed in this column are those of the author.