This may sound like heresy, but maybe voting isn't for everyone. It's serious business for serious citizens.

The debates are over. Mitt Romney has been through numerous primary contests and three presidential debates. Barack Obama has a four year record on display in addition to his debate appearances. I hope we're not depending on the right-wing spin doctors on Fox News or the left-wing extremists on MSNBC to tell us what we missed.

By this point, we should know who we are voting for. There's really no excuse for anyone to still be undecided.

If you have not made up your mind at this late date, then you are just not motivated. This isn't a high school test that you cram for on the final day. You shouldn't be checking the pulse of the neighborhood crowd to get a sense of who your friends are voting for. And you certainly shouldn't be looking for divine guidance on Election Day.

It isn't just our right to vote, it's our duty to cast an informed ballot. There is no such thing as voting for the wrong candidate if you have studied and done your homework. Your opinion is yours alone and you should vote your conscience after careful analysis. But if you are still undecided on that final morning, maybe you should stay home and not clog up the voting lines for those who have an idea what they are doing.

STEPHEN M. HECK

Rio Grande