Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-YOU; Rants & Raves Voters Need Education, Right Up to Election Day

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-YOU; Rants & Raves Voters Need Education, Right Up to Election Day

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One thing wrong with our political system is the lack of voter education. How many of us go to the polls knowing the real character and profile of the characters (candidates) we vote for? It should be the duty and obligation of the news media to keep us informed all through the year of where these folks have been, what they've been doing, where they are from, where they are going and what they stand for. One suggestion is a monthly insert, which I can take with me to read, dedicating a full page to each office holder or candidate, showing photos, their comments and possibly comments from the editor. A sort of "report card." When voting "season" approaches, this should be a weekly publication.


I grew up without wearing a seat belt and was in several wrecks. I believe that if you get killed in an accident, then it was just your time to go. Giving us tickets for not wearing a seat belt is taking away part of our freedom. They have already taken away the right to pray in schools and to read your Bible in schools. Our government is just becoming Communist. It should be up to the individual to make that free choice.


This is regarding all of the "foreclosure" signs. These stupid signs are everywhere. I don't care that you think you make bundles of money every week on foreclosed properties. Keep your stupid signs off public lands. By the way, I think you are really dumb.


A recent letter stated that Jimmy Carter was a great American. I disagree. Jimmy Carter did everything possible in his presidency to destroy this country. He destroyed the economy. There was double-digit inflation, double-digit interest rates, double-digit unemployment and gasoline lines as far as the eye can see. Jimmy Carter is the reason that we are fighting these terrorists today because he let them abduct 52 Americans and hold them hostage for 444 days and did nothing about it. Building houses for poor people -- which is a good thing, don't get me wrong -- does not make you a great American. Being the president does not make you a great American.


I live on the Northside of Jacksonville, and it is not uncommon to hear gunfire in the middle of the night. The sheriff states he is looking for ways to suppress the murder rate in Jacksonville; however, a recent call to the 911 dispatch after hearing gunshots in the area yielded no response from the Sheriff's Office. Dispatch was more interested in me finding out who was doing the shooting, rather than sending someone out to investigate. I though it was the sheriff's responsibility to find this out, not mine.


I am sick to death about hearing how overworked registered nurses are and how we are so short of nurses. …

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