Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Things you need to know if you're voting today - Election Day

 FLORIDA WEST COAST  

Opinion by:  
E. Eugene Webb PhD         

Today's the official 2020 Election Day. If you're planning to vote today here is some valuable information that will make your trip to the polls easier.

1. To vote on Election Day, you must go to your designated precinct. If you don't know where your precinct is and because of the pandemic many have changed, go to your supervisor of election's website and look for the box “how do I find my precinct” you will get instructions there on what to enter.

2. If you requested a vote by mail ballot, and you have not voted that ballot, you can do one of two things. First, mark the ballot and take it to your precinct to hand it in. If you would prefer to vote the ballot, they give you at the polling place, take your mail in ballot with you not filled in so you can turn it in.

3. While on your supervisor of election's website, be sure to check what types of identification are accepted by your supervisor of elections. Generally, a Florida driver’s license  is an acceptable form of identification for voting purposes.

Many of the supervisors of elections websites are providing precinct and polling place traffic updates in real time. If you are in a time crunch, early or midday are usually the best times to vote.

It takes a long time to vote this Florida ballot if you haven't reviewed it already. There are a lot of offices to vote for and the addendums, and initiatives are complex so expect to spend anywhere from 10 minutes if you are familiar or already know how you're going to vote up to 1/2 an hour in the voting booth if you're viewing all the  races and the amendments and addendums for the first time.

It kind of goes without saying, but be sure to take a mask, practice reasonable social distancing and above all else please be patient.

Your vote is important don't miss this opportunity to be a part of our democracy's history. Take the time and go vote if you haven't already done so.

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Monday, November 2, 2020

Tomorrow is the BIG DAY Be Sure to Vote

Check out the BayPost Voter Decision Tables Below. 




Florida West Coast

Opinion by: E. Eugene Webb PhD



Need some help organizing your thoughts about who to vote for?

Below is a universal VOTER DECISION TABLE.

Simply put the candidates names under the Candidate column. There are a couple  of blank spots in the criteria column so you can add some of your specific issues for each race. 


Once you have completed the tables, add up the check marks and vote for the candidate with the largest total.

Don't forget the down ballot races.......

These are some of the most important votes you will cast.

Also, be sure to check the back of both pages of your ballot. That is where you will find the Amendments.

Remember you can also access this post with your smart phone.

Still got a mail in Ballot ?

To late to mail it. 

You can fill it out and take it to a voter drop box, or take it to your polling place and vote in person.

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Sunday, November 1, 2020

The COVID19 Excuse Is It Real? Or Just an Excuse

 FLORIDA WEST COAST  

Opinion by:  
E. Eugene Webb PhD         

I don't know about you, but I'm getting a little tired of hearing the CORVID excuse every time I call my doctor's office, a parts supplier, my car dealership for service, or any other organization such as a city or County office.

You know how it goes, “Thank you for calling. Due to the COVID-19 virus we are experiencing extremely high call volumes. Please stay on the line and one of our customer service representatives will answer you in the next week or so.”

What it boils down to is a lot of businesses have taken the opportunity to shift from real time in person customer service to automated systems, eliminate the people that used to provide the customer service and make that the new normal.

You would like to think that these companies and organizations are doing all this to protect their employees and keep them safe, but in reality, it looks like they're just taking advantage of the situation and their customers to make a few more bucks.

Recently, I had the experience of dealing with one of my longtime parts suppliers, noted for their customer service an on-line support, only to spend literally hours and hours on-line, mostly on hold, trying to resolve a problem.

Here's the interesting thing, their customer service support phone line has been removed from their website, replaced with a call center number. Their chat icon now only shows up for a few moments and most of the people you get on the phone or in chat,  when you finally do manage to reach a live human being, are in somebody's commercial call center not the business I'm working with and since this is a technical issue, they have no idea how to handle the problem.

When you built your business on customer service, the COVID-19 virus is really no excuse to destroy what has taken you years to build and tons of money to put in place.

Especially irritating to me is the experience at many medical centers, doctor’s offices, and clinics, in their front-end automated phone answering systems.

All kinds of COVID-19 alerts, alarms, messages, requirements, and delays reaching individuals; talking to doctors and knowledgeable professional assistants and most of all getting an appointment scheduled.

I'm not really sure when all this is going to go away. In fact, it may never go away.

If this pandemic lasts long enough, people will finally get used to lousy customer service, long delays on the telephone and scheduling appointments six months out for anything from getting your oil changed to having your prostate checked.

Is there anything we can do? I doubt it.

You might try complaining to the people that run the business, the office manager or somebody else in their administrative chain, but if you really want to know the truth, I doubt that they seriously care.

So buck up, get ready for crappy service remember its most likely not the COVID-19 virus that is causing your problem it's somebody's inability to understand how to run a business.

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