• The Butterfly Effect in Butterfly Town

    Vote or be quiet

    The voters of Pacific Grove have spoken.
    Sadly, only 2,833 of them had anything to say. That’s the number of people who voted on Measure U. Add another 720, probably from Pebble Beach, and you get the number of of people who voted on Measure V. Another 424, likely Carmel voters in Water District 4, voted in the race between Jeanne Byrne and Regina Doyle.
    There are 9,019 registered voters in Pacific Grove, so that means that 31.41 percent voted on Measure U. There are 12,679 registered voters in District 4 of the Water Management Board, of which 31.36 percent voted for their representatives. Of the 10,855 voters in the Pacific Grove Unified School District, 32.73 percent voted on the parcel tax measure.
    Still, that’s a better percentage than some areas, and beats the heck out of those people we saw interviewed on the television news last night who didn’t even know there was an election.
    Yes, it was an off-year election. Yes, we’re all busy. But people in Syria, Tunisia, Libya,Yemen and other places are literally dying for the right to make up their own minds about how they are governed, and we’re born with the right to do so.
    These were important issues and an important race, which will determine your lifestyle for a number of years to come. Think of ripples in a pond. The Butterfly Effect in Butterfly Town. Remember that, if just one person in each precinct across the nation had changed their vote, Richard M. Nixon would have been elected president instead of John F. Kennedy in 1960.

    “Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.”
    – Franklin D. Roosevelt

    If you didn’t vote, you can’t complain.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on December 30, 2011

    Topics: Opinion, Snarkin' With Marge

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