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On Civic Pride: Deep shame and disappointment at voter turnout

A Guest Editorial
Comments re article 52062 Election Primary May 22 2012 Adair Co KY

By Jon Halsey
Guest Commentary

Kudos and heartfelt thanks for the timely and excellent election coverage.

I must, however, express my deep shame and disappointment at the turnout.When I think of the millions of people not only in this country but around the world who sacrificed so much through the ages to gain or to keep this most precious of our freedoms I am angered to the point of tears to find out that so many couldn't be bothered to make the almost minuscule effort to vote either at their precinct or by absentee ballot.

Ben Franklin showed his prescience when he responded to the lady who asked him what type of government the Constitutional Convention had given us with the terse statement: "A Republic madam, if you can keep it." It appears more and more that Franklin had cause for concern knowing the human frailties as well as he did. I fear that the evidence is mounting daily that we are losing the battle and today's sorry turnout only adds to that concern.

- John Halsey
Knifley, KY

Thanks and Amen, Mr. Halsey:Deepest gratitude for expressing an opinion we totally agree with - and stating it so well. My hope is that some organization, maybe a veterans organization or a civic club, maybe a non-partisan group, or the Adair County Ministerial Association will make voter turnout a cause. There is nothing we would be more proud of than that, in the general election of 2012, Adair County should have 100% of eligible voters registered, and that turnout would be 95-100% of the voters. Would be even happier if that happened nationwide -Ed Waggener

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