The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

July 13, 2014

Letters to the Editor for 7/13/14

The News Courier encourages letters to the editor. Submissions should be no more than 250 words and should include a name, address and telephone number for verification. Submissions that do not meet requirements are subject to editing. Writers are limited to one published letter every 30 days. Send letters to P.O. Box 670, Athens, AL, 35613, or email to

Be part of voter turnout

Dear Editor:

“A republic, if you can keep it.”

A representative republic, one where the voters conspire to create government by the free and open election of local agents to effect government for their community. And the reality of this republic in representation rest on the ideal, that is the idea that we citizens will diligently participate in the process by taking a few minutes and actually vote.

Well folks, we hear predictions of a 4 percent turnout Tuesday to elect our government in a runoff, which in most cases determine the government over the next term by default, that is in most cases the primary in Alabama decides the elected.

Maybe we are much better off by that 4 percent deciding that government; at least that 4 percent is interested in the process. In past elections we once identified voters as property owners, only those who owned real property (real estate) had the right to cast a vote. At another time in our history we tested voters and proctors determined if the individual citizen was intelligent enough to actually vote dismissing those ignorant or illiterate as determined by that proctor or examiner. And of course we can’t forget women and blacks … without whom we would realize about 1 percent turnout.

But in today’s civics we settle for the 4 percent, 4 percent of the best informed and brightest we have to offer will decide that government on Tuesday … casting their vote to secure and maintain that republic in order to keep her around for just a few more years.

Oh, by the way, I’m a proud 4 percenter … Ole Ben Franklin was absolutely right, “A republic, if you can keep it.” Please vote on Tuesday.

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