The 2012 general election will occur in just a few days. Are you prepared to select the representative leaders who will be making critical decisions which will significantly impact your lives and the lives of your children and grandchildren? Media news, "hype," and the ubiquitous political ads have presented many issues of political contention such as the state of the economy, the wars, health care, and "Washington politics," with the background of the personalities of the present administration, the opposition party" candidates, and all other variations of the political spectrum. Ultimately, we as voters have the responsibility to choose the direction of our country. Your vote in important; remember that the last Minnesota Senate election was decided by the votes of only 150 people!