only a handful of people showed up at the traditional candidates' night last night. In years' past, people have filled the room, standing along the walls and waiting in the hallways for their chance to meet and ask questions of the candidates. Last night, only 3 of the 15 invited candidates attended and only about that many interested residents. So I was mad. In fact, I was furious with my fellow citizens - upset that they would let this opportunity pass so easily.
But what is really going on here? Was there not enough publicity to draw people away from t.v.? Are voters just so saturated with national election publicity that they can't stand to come out for one evening of local politics? Frankly, I think they just don't care. Their lives, their families and their survival are taking all their time and energy. They seem to focus on the issues that affect them but not the very people who will decide those issues. They are so busy railing against the soda and beer tax that they can't see the forest for the trees. Who do they think wrote that tax into law?
I'm going to vote early today and not stand in line and visit with folks and experience the atmosphere of the polls. I think the process has been ruined for me. Why not - who really cares?