It seems that everywhere you look these days, you will see a sign or a poster urging you to vote for - or against - a particular candidate or issue.
Our homes offer little refuge - each day, our mailboxes seem to be filled with fliers and letters seeking support, the television airwaves are filled with ads from candidates or organizations acting on behalf of candidates and the telephone calls from candidates (or their supporters or their detractors) or pollsters, who are seeking our opinions on a wide range of topics.
Such is the world of Campaign 2012.
Make no mistake, there will be a lot at stake on Nov. 6, with a great deal of attention focused on the race for the White House. And, if the pundits and pollsters are correct, voters in Ohio will be among those in a handful of states that remain up for grabs and will actually decide the election.
That's what makes this year's presidential debates so very important. President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will face off in the first of three debates at 9 p.m. Wednesday in Denver. The focus will be on domestic policy, which is sure to show the stark differences in the visions the two men have for our country.
They'll meet again on Oct. 16 in Hempstead, N.Y., and on Oct. 22 in Boca Raton, Fla. Vice President Joe Biden and GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan will meet Oct. 11 in Danville, Ky.
Our opinion is simple - the debates are must-see events, and, despite what many perceive as apathy toward the candidates, many people feel the same way. Consider: the Pew Research Center reports that 41 percent of all Americans said they watched all the debates in 2008, and 80 percent said they watched at least a portion.
While the presidential debates are attracting a great deal of attention, remember that many local organizations are presenting candidate forums where area residents can meet the local candidates in person and hear their views. One of those forums will be presented by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 11 at Eastern Gateway Community College.
And, remember that the deadline to register to vote in the coming election is next Tuesday in Ohio and Oct. 16 in West Virginia.
We hope all area residents will watch the presidential debates and attend a local forum.
The events are sure to make you better informed when you cast your vote.