Voting the way to change the stakes

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I saw something really cool last week on election day: a room full of people interested in the local election results.

There even were children in the room, which bodes well — at least for those kids — for the future.

While interest was high this primary election, it wasn’t necessarily as high in elections past, especially things like the city election. For this primary, 29.75 percent of registered voters turned out. That’s 2,161 voters out of 7,264 registered.

It’s higher than usual, but not high enough.

One of the things that makes this country great is its government, and in giving the people a voice in the way things are run. Any argument to the contrary has been disproven time and again.

But the privilege of using that voice — through voting— has been taken for granted time and again, and less and less people are making decisions for more and more residents, and tax dollars.

For instance, even though this was the primary, less than 2,000 people participated in picking the county judge, one of the most influential positions in any county. Less that 2,000 people decided on who would be making decision regarding purchases, tax rates, personnel and the like.

To sort of put this into perspective, at least in regard to the point I’m making, less and less people are voting in any election; two years ago, for Democrats, it resulted in the end-times scenario of President Donald Trump.

But more to the point, for years, as voter apathy grew, so did the ambitions and imperial nature of our federal leaders. So now, we are $20 trillion in debt, the Social Security trust fund has been plundered, there is massive annual deficits and almost daily erosion of civil and individual liberties.

The only way to reverse this trend is to vote.

If you are a regular voter, bully for you. If you are someone who thinks that voting is a waste of time, think again. I promise that you are not alone, as the percentages show that non-voters are outnumbering voters 2 to 1. That’s not good odds in anyone’s book.

So like the folks last week who brought their kids into the election process, bring yours, and yourself, and let’s take this country back.

•This week’s Headline of Note, at least to me, is a real head-scratcher: Sex Robots Would Be Better for Kids than Pornography.

Seems a sex doll manufacturer thinks that dolls would be better for sex education that kids finding out about the facts of life on the street, or these days, on the internet, according to the story on Breitbart.com.

I’ve always wondered why we seem to think this kind of story, not to mention the behavior and the subject matter, are appropriate fodder for news. It’s certainly got a salacious angle to it, which seems to be the go-to filler for the spaces between actual news stories.

But saucy stories shouldn’t take the place of real news reporting. Better to go back to the nightly news schedule and end the ridiculous 24-hour news cycle.

Tony Farkas is publisher of the Madisonville Meteor.

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