“The Signers – Sept. 17, 1787” or “Be Courageous” or “Make Voting a Priority”

How many of you recall that September 17 is Constitution Day?  Well, it is.  On that date in 1787 the majority of the Signers of the Constitution did what gave them the odd type of celebrity they enjoy today.  They took pen to paper and signed The Constitution.  In today’s divisive political environment they are often called upon to support or refute one argument or another . . . “The Signers meant this” or “The Signers intended that.”  Did The Signers believe the document they penned was absolute and final or did they expect it to be revised and interpreted over the years to adapt to changes the passage of time inevitably inflicts on a culture.

These are the current day references to The Signers.  I will not use this forum to argue any of these points or the ramifications.  Regardless of how one feels on the matters one has to respect and be gracious for the courage and thoughtfulness of The Signers.  They broke new ground.  They created a new government.  They forged a new way of life.  The American Way of Life.

   In the very first Article of The Constitution the need for elections and the process that gives us the right to vote was laid out.  They understood that in a representative democracy the right to vote was so important as to be made a priority.  And so we arrive at an upcoming election right here in Van Wert, Ohio.  This is not a Presidential election year, but there are issues and candidates that need to be decided on.  It is our privilege to vote and it is a responsibility we have to ourselves.  It is not to be taken lightly.  

Election time, for some, is the only time they are politically active or aware.  Perhaps that was also on the minds of The Signers.  How could people being productive building a country and a life for themselves have time to pay attention to every little tidbit of legislation and governing?  Allowing us to be involved in an election at intervals of a year or two or four gives us the rest of the time to spend in productive ways and on our families.

Here at StateWide Ford Lincoln Mercury and the StateWide Companies we encourage our employees to get involved and take advantage of the right to vote.  We don’t force them to vote, but hope they’ll take the time to exercise their rights.  The major problem with a representative democracy or a Constitutional democracy is that voter apathy is more common than political interest.  Due to this some countries like Australia have adopted compulsory voting in which citizens are required to register and vote in public elections.  Those who don’t can be fined $100 or put in prison.  That seems a rather harsh punishment to Americans to whom the right to vote implies the right to not vote, as well.

Be courageous. Get involved. Do as The Signers did and make voting a priority this November 2nd.

Sept. 2010

“Enjoy Your Vacation”

Sometimes it feels like we live in a leisure-time-all-the-time world.  Many folks work just so they can relax and that’s okay.  Still, even with that round the calendar “on-vacation” attitude that is so pervasive August remains the most popular month for actual vacations.  To that I say, “Enjoy Your Vacation.”

            Rest assured the StateWide companies never take a vacation.  We are here ready to serve you 52 weeks of the year.  Though we provide products to a wide variety of consumers and municipalities the essence of what we do is service intensive.  Service companies are needed year round, so we will not be at DisneyWorld or Cedar Point or The Great Smokey Mountains or any other vacation destination during August. 

Before you go, while you’re gone, and when you return StateWide will be open for business.  Here are four StateWiders waiting to serve your automotive needs. 

  • Ben Showalter is a Service Advisor in the Ford Lincoln Mercury Service Department.  Ben lives right here in Van Wert and has been with StateWide for 5 years.  He is reliable and has the car business in his DNA because his grandparents owned and operated Wells Motors for years.  Engaged to be married he is also a big NASCAR fan.
  • The sometimes tricky administrative part of the car business runs smoothly at StateWide because of Cindy Grubaugh, Office Manager. She’s been serving our customers for 2 years and is married with one child.  “The job’s not done until the paperwork’s done,” is a phrase that doesn’t worry us because we have Cindy on our team.  However, whatever you do don’t complain to her about Ohio winters.  She lived in Alaska for six years.
  • Who ya gonna call next time you have a fender bender?  Call Jesse Hardesty, Estimator for Superior Collision.  A Van Wert resident Jesse is happily married, has one child, and has been with the StateWide companies for 3 years.  The innate ability to envision how to piece together a damaged vehicle to be like new might stem from Jess’s skill as an unbelievable Quilter.
  • Steve Munroe, General Manager of StateWide Ford Lincoln Mercury, has served Van Wert car buyers for 17 years.  Married with three well behaved children Steve is an Elder (church term, not in reference to his age) at First Presbyterian.  In the early part of his career he worked for eight years at the World Trade Center in New York City.

These are just a few of many faces of StateWide.  They are valuable team members not on vacation in August, so you can relax and “Enjoy Your Vacation.”

August 2010