I never paid attention to polls; nowadays, they seem to be used as a campaign strategy by different camps to influence the vote instead of just indicate trends. Not sure how this works today, anyhow, with cellphones, blocked calls and caller ID. Mucho campaign money is still spent on television ads, which are sometimes clever, but hardly the way to become informed even if you don’t fast-forward through them.
With all this going on, with no one voice reaching many people, it’s important to understand the role of each of us concerned citizens. There are columnists, ranging from the syndicated greats like Charles Krauthammer, George Will, David Shribman, to simple weekly contributors like me reaching only local readers; online posters and op-ed letter writers; talk show hosts and their callers; individuals talking to, arguing with family members, neighbors, friends; people running for office with volunteers helping them. Every one of us becomes a vital force on one side or the other, trying to make a difference.
Barbara Anderson of Marblehead is a regular contributor to these pages.