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Primary flaw

October 31, 2011
Morning Journal News


Just when we thought that our elected officials had mastered the hang of effective, efficient government, foolishness makes its appearance. Now the state is destined in 2012 for two primary elections three months apart. Do our legislators think the voting public is so lacking in knowledge and memory that they cannot black in all the necessary circles with one trip to the voting location?

The state will be benevolent by covering the expense of the second primary. If I remember correctly, it was only a few months ago that numerous funding was being cut to close a multi-billion dollar deficit in the state budget. Now suddenly state government has discovered several million of unencumbered money with which to fund an unnecessary primary.

If this money actually exists, it could be better used by dividing it among Ohio's school districts, police departments, fire departments, libraries, Medicaid and other worthy agencies which are tightening their belts to make the state legislature look good. I also read that our county commissioners could use a booster shot in the billfold.

A year ago we elected representatives to go to Columbus to vote the will of the citizens of their district. From what I read, they instead vote the will of their party. I guess the conclusion is that if it is good for the party, it must also be good for Ohio's citizens. Is their vote favorable for the general public or is the vote more closely connected to successful re-election?

Harold A. Backer




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