The Journal Gazette
 
 
Saturday, November 21, 2020 1:00 am

Letters

A civic duty

With all the controversy that the election was rigged, maybe it's time to get more people involved in the voting process. It could be a civic duty just like serving on a jury. It could get younger voters involved instead of mostly retired people. They could have two shifts, maybe from 6 a.m.-noon and noon-6 p.m. when the polls close to split up the long day and get more people involved.

I had the privilege of working a presidential election once and I am proud I did.

Jeff Lickey

Fort Wayne

Politicians' hypocrisy

I read that while Gov. Eric Holcomb has issued a face-covering order for all Hoosiers in public, legislators are not required to abide by it.

I hate hypocrisy. Is it any wonder most people have so little respect for politicians?

William Cook

Leo-Cedarville

Electoral College silences too much of electorate

Isn't a democracy built on the idea that every vote counts? In light of this recent election, many of us are concerned over our current voting system.

The Electoral College is outdated and inefficient. It was created in a time of compromise, a time we are no longer in.

Countless Americans refuse to vote in fear of their voice not being heard. As someone in a consistently red state, I see this limiting mindset present in all of our nonvoters.

“There's no point in voting,” they say to me. “Indiana will be red anyway.” How might our country change if everyone used their voice – if every one of those voices counted?

If we used a popular-vote system instead, I believe the number of voters, in not only my state but everywhere, would increase. People will contribute if they believe it will make a change, and this feeling of contribution is empowering. If we want to see a dramatic and impactful change in America, we need our citizens to feel this empowerment.

We must change the way we vote to change the way Americans feel about voting, and we must vote to make change in the world. I would like to see a true democracy – a country run by the people. We can't reach this goal until the people feel they can run the country – until their voices are heard and their votes are counted.

People should be the ones casting votes, not land. This system was effective 200 years ago, but we are in a new age.

All people are full citizens, and their votes should be impactful as such. We want the citizen-elected officials, and we want them now.

Sajahane Lloyd

Fort Wayne

 A double standard

I have been recapping the election in my mind and have come to a conclusion that elected officials in Indiana do not care for the people of Indiana.

The minimum wage has not been increased from $7.25 since 2011.

How many times have they increased their own salary since then?

And how much has the cost of living increased?

Robert Poulson

Fort Wayne

Correction

A photo caption in Friday's edition misstated the opponents in the 1952 presidential election. Dwight Eisenhower defeated Adlai Stevenson.


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