Voting is a civic responsibility
Voting is an obligation of citizenship which we actively disregard.
The opportunities and convenience are so universal that we not only take voting for granted, we habitually abuse the privilege.
Over the past 60 years, in all elections, federal, state and local, less than half of all eligible voters have exercised their right. If our duties as citizens were a marriage, we'd be divorced on the grounds of civic abandonment.
Never miss a local story.
Remember this on Election Day: Bad government comes from bad officeholders elected by good people who don't vote.
Thomas H. Glover
Disgusted? We're to blame
I have seen elections go from issue-based with a few scandal gotcha's thrown in to total yellow journalism that titillates the lowest common denominator.
We only have ourselves to blame because we do not ask more of elected officials. We do not require truth in advertising. At the very least, we should require that no ad is accepted without documentation of the truth of the content.
We must demand that candidates debate on prime-time TV or in newspapers or magazines multiple times and that the debates be on issues of importance to the electorate.
I hope that, after the debacle of this election, voters demand that candidates tell us exactly where they stand and what they will do to solve problems. Until we do, we will continue to get what we deserve: third-rate elected officials.
Words of wisdom
Turn off now your TV sets, Kentuckians.
After uncounted words of mean discontent and zillions of dollars that could have been better spent, all you need are to distant voices your ears be lent:
"We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both." — American jurist Louis Brandeis
"To make the society happy, it is requisite that great numbers should be ignorant as well as poor." — 18th century Dutch/English philosopher Bernard Mandeville
Vote different to get better
If you really want a change from the mess we have today, it requires doing something different. If you are concerned about our national debt, corporate bailouts, the erosion of our civil rights or the real reasons our economy is still in bad shape, check out my campaign.
While the Herald-Leader has been fair, I've been ignored by the rest of the Kentucky media. KET changed debate criteria five times, keeping me out. Some media either intentionally or negligently made people think I was the anti-Semite write-in. I am not him.
Things change if we demand it. If we keep doing what we're doing, we'll keep getting what you've got. Please "vote better" today. Learn more at David4senate.com.
David M. Patterson
Libertarian Candidate, U.S. Senate