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Letters Published in July 2, 2008 Issue
July 2, 2008 - Letter submitted by Rex Bell, Hagerstown
I just finished spending a week of evenings at our county fair. I'm not sure how long a person can survive on Lemon Shake-Ups and Elephant Ears, but know from experience you can make it at least seven days. I'm sure there are people who believe that spending three dollars for some lemon seeds and sugar in a glass of water, or four dollars for an ounce of fried dough drug through a bowl of cinnamon and sugar might be wasteful, but it sounded like a good idea at the time, and it did sustain me for a week. And if I was wasting money, at least it was my own.
While I have a lot of family and friends that are active in 4-H, my main reason for attending the fair every night was to work the booth that was promoting our local, state and national Libertarian candidates. (I just happen to be one myself.) Whenever we set up a booth, we always manage to attract a diverse crowd with diverse opinions. Some friendly, some not so friendly, but usually interesting and always welcome.
This year we found a lot more interest in the national ticket than usual. Apparently a lot of voters are dissatisfied with the choices the other two parties are offering. But we also heard a lot of the same concerns voters have expressed before. Inevitably, at every event, at least one person tells us that they like a lot of our ideas, but they feel that voting Libertarian would be wasting their vote.
Now admittedly, Libertarians are seldom favored to win, but voting shouldn't be like betting on a horse race, and if choosing the winning candidate was the only criteria for deciding whether or not your vote was wasted, then about half of the votes are wasted in every election.
I became convinced several years ago that the only way to waste a vote is to use it voting for something that you don't want. Say, for instance, that you want lower taxes, but you vote for a person or party that continues to raise and create new taxes. That is a wasted vote. Or say, for instance, that you want government that isn't quite so intrusive in your private life, but you vote for a person or party that continues to expand government. That is a wasted vote.
If you waste three or four dollars on some less than healthy fair food, you can probably recover by purchasing one less gallon of gas and walking 15 or 20 miles. Wasted votes have a longer lasting effect, and they're a little harder to get over.
But we can get over it. We just need to stop wasting our votes voting for something we don't want. And this November would be a good time to start.
July 2, 2008 - Letter submitted by Phil and Estelle McDonald, Knightstown
To the citizens of Knightstown and surrounding areas that use the recycle bins at Kingstown's power site: You should take a serious look at it. Some people think this is a trash dumpster. Sorry, people. This is for recyclables only - not TV sets, furniture, remodeling trash and cleaning out your refrigerator. We do have trash trucks that come to our town. Get one.
Having a recycle place in our town is great, but we should appreciate it and use it as it should be and not abuse it. If it is continued to be used as a dumpster for trash, it could be taken out. Then we'd have no place close for our recycling.
We should all recycle so that we can to help our environment. Be respectful to our recycling bins. Cameras at the site would help.
July 2, 2009 - Letter submitted by Steve Wilkerson and Jess Vaughn
Dear Editor, We would like to thank the following for helping get the girls Optimist field ready last Wednesday to play a major league tourney game: Brian Chapple, Brian Peggs, Terry Helderbrand, Scott Morgan, Rusty Richardson, Lane Olsheske, Gina Miller and Todd Lawhorne.
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