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June 20. 2013 11:38PM
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Bad public service

disheartens voters

I feel the article about poor voter participation in the recent election was too one-sided. Certainly our turnouts are abysmal and embarrassing, but why? All too often we pick up the paper only to be confronted by yet another political scandal. Many of us vote regularly, but ask ourselves why we bother; it is discouraging to read about political bad behavior.

How many times have we believed promises only to have them broken? The average voter has become jaded, disappointed and disheartened. Conahan, Ciavarella, Skrepanek, Orie Melvin, need I go on? The very people in whom we put our trust are letting us down. We are not at fault, they are.

Sadly, some of our finest citizens have lost interest in public service, because they are no longer optimistic about making a difference. The truth must be faced. Our government is dysfunctional. Voter apathy is the result.Many politicians remind me of hawks. They waste our resources and they look greedily around for another thing to plunder, often taking from programs that help children, the needy, the elderly.

They never consider giving up some of their own perks and benefits, free trips, gas for their personal vehicles, padded expense accounts, health and retirement packages, the list is endless.

In a perfect world a good public servant would be scrupulously honest. He would have the courage to do what is moral and right instead of taking stands which are currently popular, but are not in the best interests of his constituents.

This works two ways, when they do better, so will we.

Barbara Simpson


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