Tuesday, November 7, 2006


St. Petersburg Times

Today is Election Day. It should also be, in my humble opinion, a national holiday.

We hear all the time about the embarrassing low voter turnout numbers around the country, so it should be a no-brainer that we make it easier for people to get to the polls.

Like by not making them choose between voting or getting fired for missing work.

In retiree-dominated communities like Citrus County, this is not such a huge issue. For many of our residents, every day is Saturday and it is not a hardship to vote.

Oh, Lord, please don't make every day Saturday for us Olde Fartes (Lctp)! One bath a week is plenty!

But that is not the case across the United States. And even here, there are thousands of younger workers who can't break away from the construction site or the restaurant to vote.

This is probably a good idea, but it pre-supposes knowledge of the issues and an interest in being a good citizen.

While it would be nice if more folks took an interest in their country, we need smarter voters as well as more of them. If you need proof of that, look at what's in the White House.

It would probably do just as well to make disallowing employees time to go and vote into a felony. More employers need to be recognized as the felons they are, anyway.

Please go read the rest of the article. It's interesting.

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