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8/26/2013 6:02:00 AM
Editorial: Drop all the excuses and vote

America is more and more becoming the land of too many cynics.

That doesn't necessarily mean our nation is doomed. Critics have been around forever - and we need them to adjust our thinking at times. They can open our eyes to another valid point of view, if we are willing to listen.

But, the downside of this skepticism is the effect it has on our voting trends. Too many do not exercise that privilege and right because of their jaundiced eye of government.

We assume our vote won't make a difference. We are too lazy, even in this day and age of mail-in ballots. We don't care enough. We are too busy to sit at the kitchen table and mark our choices and mail the ballot off, postage paid. The litany of lame excuses goes on and on.

And, we are all paying for this apathy that seems to prevail on Election Day. We wonder how many ballots sit in a stack never to be opened and executed.

The final day for turning in ballots in Prescott's primary election for City Council is Tuesday. Voters have important choices to make among the slate of candidates for mayor and three City Council seats.

Every man's right to vote was not won easily and did not appear overnight with the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.

In looking at a teacher's lesson on the topic on scholastic.com, we learn of three people, in particular, who dedicated themselves to suffrage for all, rather than its being just a privilege for a chosen few - rich, white landowners.

Thomas Dorr, a wealthy renegade Rhode Island legislator, seemed an unlikely warrior for the right to vote. Yet, he believed it was wrong for his state's poor people to be voteless, and he waged a battle that landed him in prison for treason. He may have faded from public view, but his cause did not. More and more states dropped the property requirement and, by the time of the Civil War, nearly every white man - rich or poor or rural or urban - could go to the polls on Election Day.

A wealthy woman named Alice Paul gathered women to picket the White House in 1917, with banners proclaiming "How Long Must Women Wait for Liberty?"

In the 1960s, Bob Moses saw how blacks were being kept from the polls even though suffrage had been extended to them by law. His protests led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, pledging the federal government to enforce equal access to the ballot in the South.

These stories are inspiring when we reflect upon the commitment of just three people many of us may have never heard of.

For those who haven't returned their ballots yet in Tuesday's election, think of Dorr, Paul and Moses and let their passion rub off on you.

They fought hard for this freedom.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Article comment by: The Rev

I would if I could but this is not Chicago.

Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Article comment by: John Citizen

Global warming, same sex marriage, abortion, should have nothing to do with politics, they are personal decisions and the climate change is just a side step.

Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Article comment by: Pistol Pete

Maybe if the liberal media would publish "ALL" the truth and problems with "both" parties, us citizens would be able to decide who to vote for. Too many untold truths out there.

Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Article comment by: Steve Baker

Seriously qt, what does global warming (which, by the way, is a hoax) have to do with voting?

Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Article comment by: Tongue-in-Cheek .

@There You Go Again: Have you ever noticed when you throw a hand full of rocks into a pack of dogs, the ones that get hit start yelping? The irony is, they are yelping the loudest, but they really don't know what it is that just hit them.

Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013
Article comment by: q t

@ There you go again. I'm pretty sure you wouldn't know the truth if it hit you in the face. I also think you sound like made your mind up about global warming long ago and couldn't change if your life depended on it. This is a typical of the hypocritical anti-knowledge Republican who has been owned by the anti-free market anti-freedom party of polished propaganda that you guys eat up as they whip you into a frenzy about untruths.

Where have the real conservatives gone? Where have the thinkers gone? Your type have been side tracked by your owners and nothing I or anybody can say will open your eyes. Just ain't gonna happen... I say the sky is blue and you will die trying to swear it is green. Its just the way you have been programmed by the propagandists. Facts are no longer relevant to the new non-conservative Republicans. Yes you guys want to redefine conservative to mean national religion, a judge in every house, monopolies for all your masters and so on. but I remember what conservatism is - and you anti-knowledge anti-thought types are not it. So leave me alone.


Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Von Deck

SM: I think your analysis makes more sense. I disagree with the "what's the point" approach, though. Look at it this way. The same "boys" keep getting elected because of low turnout by some groups and high turnout by others. Look at the demographics of who's voting in this town vs the population as a whole. I'm pretty disillusioned with the whole system myself. I voted for a clown with a rubber boot on his head for president. However, I think local elections, in this case, are very important.

Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013
Article comment by: We distort, you decide

@There You Go Again,
The truth is out there, in case you were looking. Out there in the sense of the library, internet and journalistic media. I'd suggest PBS news hour, CNN and MSNBC (has a liberal bias, otherwise a reality based fact journalism.)

@J MS, I've never had such a difficult time choosing. They are all so ... so wonderful, I can't make up my mind !

I feel like I'm about to render a judgement of guilty and hand down a 3 yr sentence, and to acquit the fresh recruits who are innocent.


Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013
Article comment by: The truth is

Chastised by a guy whose standards I'll never be able to live up to and a guy who can't even vote in this election, ya, I signed and returned my ballot, just didn't bother to fill in any of the little bubbles.

Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013
Article comment by: TO: There You Go Again

Do you sincerely believe there is nothing wrong with the education system in America???

Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013
Article comment by: Hooty Hoo

I think low turnout is better, because only the more informed people vote, not the bozos. This primary election is pretty light weight stuff though.

Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013
Article comment by: JM S

Fact is, many people are uninformed and just don't care, as long as they're happy in their contented little hi-tech world. Voter age should be 21 years instead of 18 years, since most youngsters are either in school, not working, or just plain ignorant of politics.

Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013
Article comment by: S M

@ Tom Steele...Wrong.
People in Prescott don't vote because they realize it often doesn't matter. They eventually come to realize that the old boy network will do what they want regardless of the will of the people or even current law. They see the still unresolved issues of the Iron Brotherhood, purchases of open space, responsible water policy, wasteful and inappropriate purchases, sneaking around in darkness to remove a unwanted park bench, and a lack of accountability for these and many other actions.


Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Steele

The French say when voter turnout in low the people are at ease but when it is a large turnout the people are more apt to be not pleased with their government.

Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013
Article comment by: There You Go Again

Courier: Drop all the excuses and print editorials that tell us the truth about the liberal and leftist agenda. Tell us the truth about the propaganda in education, the lie in 'global warming', the truth about illegal immigration and the truth about this Washington administration that refuses to follow the law and constitution.



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