Voice of the People
Bush family also traveled to Africa
Did critics of the Obama family's trip to Africa also criticize the Bush family's trip to Africa in 2003? Or the one in 2008? Or the six solo trips to Africa by Laura Bush? Or the safari by the Bush family like the one canceled by Obama?
How many millions of dollars were spent on trips to Africa by the Bush family? How many security staff were required? How many staff went along?
It's easy to find out. Just Google Bush family trips to Africa.
Negative campaigns keep voters away
A recent editorial addressed reasons for the low voter turnout in West Virginia in the 2012 general election. Personally, I don't think voter registration procedures, our aging population or educational levels have as much to do with the problem as the campaigns themselves.
Over the past several election cycles, we have seen the rise of negative campaigning taken to a whole new level, a low level. Again and again, we see a candidate announce he/she will run a positive campaign but two days later he/she is attacked by a political action committee and feels the need to respond. Then it's back and forth, one negative ad after another, and the public does not want to hear it.
After months of negative ads, phone calls, including the infuriating robo-calls, and mailboxes full of more negative ads, people are just fed up with the system and choose not to be a part of it. Then we witness the elected official take office declaring that he/she will work for change and cooperation, and the next week it's politics as usual and the attitude of "it doesn't matter anyway" takes hold.
Maybe it was drilled into me in my ninth-grade civics class, but I consider my right to vote a sacred duty, and I will always exercise that right.
I believe when honor and integrity return to political campaigns and to the way our elected officials conduct themselves, more people will return to the polls.
Anita Gardner Farrell
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