Thursday, July 3, 2014
Letters to the Editor
How do we fix this?
(Editor’s Note – This letter was written prior to the Tuesday, June 24, Republican runoff election but received after deadline for last week’s newspaper.)
I see myself as an independent voter, owing no allegiances to any political party. I elected to vote in the Democratic primary. I get that I chose to exclude myself as an eligible voter for the Republican runoff by participating in the Democratic primary. What bothers me about this is the impracticality of the situation as a whole.
A full-blooded Democrat who was too lazy or disinterested to exercise his duty to vote in the primary is eligible to vote in the Republican runoff. Oh, but that is taken care of by law that says one can’t vote in a party’s primary unless it is his intention to support that party in the general election. You want a perfect example of law that is impossible to enforce? That one is it.
I’m having a hard time swallowing the fact that my participation in the overall process has left me ineligible, while that lazy, fully dipped in Democratic blood individual, who has no intention of voting Republican in the fall, is eligible simply because he didn’t bother to vote in the initial primary.
We have even had Senator Cochran make a plea to those Dems who didn’t vote in the initial primary, requesting they show up and vote in the runoff. Since only about half our population bothers to vote at all, it would seem to me that each party would favor elections decided by interested, engaged voters.
In this case the race will be decided by Republican voters and lazy, unengaged Democrat voters who are eligible simply because they didn’t show up to vote last time. Does this make any sense to anyone?
So how do we fix this? There are at least two ways to make this more pure. One – if you want to make it as pure as possible you simply require participation in that party’s initial primary in order to be eligible to vote in the runoff. That would mean a small electorate for the runoff wouldn’t it? Two – just open it up. Don’t make me ineligible because I performed my duty and went to the poll and voted. In the case where both parties are holding a runoff, each voter may vote in the runoff of his choice regardless of any prior voting history.
Or, we could just leave it as is and continue to penalize folks for good citizenship.
Terry H. Morrison
Please support celebration
To the community:
This letter is to invite you, your family and friends to the 18th annual Birthday Celebration/Arts and Crafts Family Festival at the Ida B. Wells Museum from July 11-13.
The theme for the Celebration is “Preserving–Promoting and Protecting the Legacy of Mrs. Ida B. Wells-Barnett and African American History and Culture.”
The museum has received a pledge of $3,500 from the Mississippi Development Authority Division of Tourism to host the event; however, it is anticipated that the weekend event will cost approximately $10,000.
We are seeking local, financial sponsors to host the event which will bring new and previous tourists to Holly Springs. Their visit will in turn bring new dollars to our restaurants, local shops, convenience stores and tours of historic homes and landmarks.
The mission of the museum is to inspire and enrich the lives of persons throughout the nation and internationally who may have heard of Mrs. Wells-Barnett and the museum which celebrates her life and the lives of other local African Americans who contributed to the fields of history, art and culture in the United States and the world.
Please consider sponsoring the upcoming celebration with a financial gift which will enable the museum to host this event and to secure additional collections of personal memorabilia, awards and other documents of Mrs. Wells-Barnett for local individuals and tourists to view.
Thanks in advance for your consideration of this request, and please come by the museum or telephone me at (662)252-3232 or (662)551-0296 to discuss a sponsorship.
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