All Points: Can voters make confident, informed election choices?

Posted Sunday, Apr. 28, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Early voting starts today for the May 11 city, school and local elections across Tarrant County. Do you know enough about the issues to make a confident, informed choice? What issues are most important in your city? Your school district? Please focus on issues, not candidates.

State of apathy

Most voters are unaware of the issues to cast an intelligent vote but for good reasons. Little is published for the reader to comprehend and it is too difficult to ascertain what issues are involved.

And then, as most Americans do not want to take the time or effort to learn them, they fall into a state of apathy.

For apathy to thrive, a degree of irresponsibility is required; a cesspool that engulfs those feeling helpless to learn the issues and vote in a way to protect their freedom.

Past voting history has left the voter with a feeling of frustration that their vote does not count.

Most vote for the candidate who will do the most for them rather than for the majority. It seems to have been forgotten that what is best for the majority is best for the individual.

-- Grady Fuller, Kennedale

How to pay?

The issues that are most important to vote for during this election season are whatever benefits the voters without severe ramifications that compromise our pocketbooks.

I'm all for progress, and if the incumbents haven't taken the initiative to correct the prevailing problems, then it's time for a change of the guard.

The latest school bond election on hand begs the question: Who do the supporters of these already overextended bond options expect to pay for them? Our children, grandchildren?

We need responsible leaders, and action from them, so we don't overburden our future generations into literal bankruptcy.

-- April Rogers, Fort Worth

Test the voters

Good question. Are voters informed on issues? I would say in most cases they are not.

The Birdville school district spent many hours and dollars to inform the public of the upcoming $183 million bond election, yet less than 5 percent will vote. Of that number, even fewer will really know all the issues, pro or con.

We take a test and pay to drive a car, to go fishing, etc. Maybe we should take a test and/or pay to vote.

The school district and election officials will even transport polling equipment and personnel to all the schools and other places for people to vote at special times. The least we can do is look at the issues and the cost and go vote.

-- Jack O. Lewis, Haltom City

No confidence

For me (and many others) the first question is, what election?

City council, unopposed. School district, unopposed. I get to vote for the Tarrant Regional Water District, that's all.

Your own editorial said the incumbents are aging and the challengers are unqualified. Some choice.

Water comes out of the tap; should I be satisfied with that? The Trinity Mud Puddle is a boondoggle and a travesty, but that ship has sailed. Changing the water district board now won't stop it.

We all claim to hate government, but we all love our representatives -- in this case, so much that few are even interested in challenging them.

I've never made a confident choice in any election. We never get the right information, only spin and propaganda.

-- George Michael Sherry, Fort Worth

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