Re Pat Fickle’s recent column, “If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain”:
I agree that all eligible voters should vote, but it is their right to vote or not to vote.
But not voting does not take away their right to complain. That right came from the men and women who gave their lives so the men and women of today can make a choice. There are many that are seriously wounded (physically and mentally) who were protecting your right to say what you want to say and to have it printed in the paper.
As far of letting our government officials know that we don’t like the way they are running the government, I have been letting them know for the past 10 years and all I get from them is a letter or email asking for money.
Does your vote count? Does one vote change an election? Ask Andrew Jackson (1824) who won the popular vote but lost the election; Samuel Tilden (1876) won the popular vote, but lost the election; Grover Cleveland (1888) won the popular vote, but lost the election; and Al Gore (2000) won the popular vote, but lost the election.
Were these votes important? I can see where people get upset and that they believe that the government officials are not doing the job that they were elected to do. How do the politicians know how I feel? I let them know. And I have many friends who let them know, but things do not get better. The way I see it, the only way to get the politicians’ attention is to vote them all out. You might have noticed that I used the term “government officials.” That is because we are the government and government “officials” work for us.
Wayne G. Wright
U.S. Army retired