To change the direction the democracy’s going – vote. I have been a resident of Botetourt County for more than 50 years and, thanks to good friends and neighbors who welcomed me with open arms, have had the privilege to establish a modest farm in what I consider the most beautiful part of Virginia. Over the years I have gotten to know many of you and value your opinions and advice – from farming to politics. To that point I would like to speak about our voting process. Like many of you, I was disappointed in last year’s election results. But I find solace in the fact that we live in the world’s greatest democracy. If we don’t like the direction we are headed, we change it by going to the ballot box and voting accordingly.