In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email.
Last week's question:
What irritates you the most about the election season and politicians' tactics?
YOU CAN'T GET a straight answer from any of them.
The promoting of individuals by taking credit for improvements that took three or more votes to accomplish. The public realizes that to solve our problems it's going to take a team effort, why don't they?
Just once I'd like a politician to tell me that they don't have all the answers but will work hard to find them, even if they're suggested by another political party.
AH, ELECTION SEASON. Makes me crazy since I work from home and I get political calls both on my home and office lines. I've started to not answering my home line during the day.
I especially hate the automated calls. I hang up on those all the time. I also hate the people who call, and when I politely say "I'm working and this isn't a good time," just keep droning on and on and on. Those I hang up on too!
I'm also not a fan of the total lack of knowledge and lack of good grammar/articulation on behalf of a lot of the volunteers making the calls. And, I just love the ones that say trust us. No problem, you can safely just mail a check to this address or better yet give us your credit card information on the phone. Yeah, like I'm going to give my credit card information over the phone to someone who just randomly calls and who can't string words together to form a complete sentence? Not happening. I'll take my chances online with websites I go to and know and trust.
I'm also really tired of everything being so negative. I don't want to vote for the lesser of two evils. I want to vote for the person who can do the job! I want to hear the positive stuff -- what can you do for me and my neighborhood and country? I'm also tired of the blatantly misleading ads for various propositions. It's sad when propositions get passed just because the average person can't figure out what something really means.
ACTUALLY, NOTHING. I've always been interested in current events since my sixth-grade days at John Fremont Elementary School, especially elections. Campaigns are campaigns, and sometimes things get tough in that arena.
When my son was a small child, I always took him to the voting locations with me so he could see a part of this great democratic system we have in America. As a result, he also never misses voting in any elections. Idealistic? Maybe, but I always believed that voting is a privilege that many previous Americans gave their all to, to protect that precious right to vote. People who think otherwise, and don't vote, are what disgusts and disappoints me.
HURTING THE AMERICAN people. The mix of lies and truth. Who can we trust? Once trust is lost, how do we get it back?
Our elected representatives seem to have forgotten why they have been elected -- to do the right thing for the people who sent them off to Washington. This they seem to have forgotten. They are being dazzled by special interest money, forget their roots and we common folks, and seem willing to let us all go down for a few special interest bucks.
Whatever happened to ethics and morality in the formerly greatest country on earth? Government seems more to be a game show ("The Price is Right") rather than a parent that ensures a level playing field so all of us good citizens have equal opportunity to succeed.
I CAN DEAL with the bulky slick stuff we get via snail mail (helps keep the USPS afloat); I can almost deal with the crap that comes on TV all the time now (I can mute the TV and hit the fridge). What I have trouble with is the political robocalling that I get at all times of the day and evening. I'm not one that usually lets all calls roll over to my answering machine.
For legitimate calls from my friends, that is a no, no, even though they might understand. And, the robocalls come when I am usually indisposed, either in the shower or eating or doing other important work -- anything other than wanting to hear a recording about a political candidate. Maybe there should be an effective law about political robocalling similar to the national Do Not Call List? I would certainly advocate for one.
POLITICIANS WHO RAISE my fur are those who think they are the cat's meow, pounding their chests in a huff and puff of long endorsement lists. Touting the affection of obvious special interest groups and partisan political cliques just tell me you are part of a herd. I'm impressed by independent thinkers, free of agenda, who have the community at heart. Best show me what the average citizen on the street thinks of you, not how many hands are in your pockets.
WHAT IRRITATES ME the most about politics is the lying and the character assassinations.
IT IS AN honor to be able to vote and elect leaders, but I find it disgusting that the same politicians that will promise heaven and earth before they were elected, always renege on their promises.
In the case of Antioch city leaders, they won't even respond to common emails or grant one audience, but they come out and talk like orators just to covet votes.
I am sure some politicians genuinely attend to the needs of the community they represent, but others are simply there to fight for personal pay increase while many infrastructures are being eliminated or under funded. There are many city leaders who need to throw in the towel because of their insignificant impacts.
THE LARGER IRRITANT is the lack of true representatives for the people. Many of those running are the same old, same old do nothings! The public generally is fooled though by them and their promises, which they do not keep once elected.
Picking the best from among the worst is sad -- very sad really. The public needs representatives that do not give in and will fight for what is right. Additional taxes and tax increases are the excuses the worst of the lot claims is needed in order to correct the problems, but they aren't. Are each of you aware of the many tax increases and taxes proposed for this November's election? And, how will you pay for them if they each pass? Better know it quick before it is too late! Nevertheless, vote.
Ralph A. Hernandez
This week's question:
What's the most important race to you in this election and why?
Email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please limit responses to a few sentences, and be sure to include your full name and city of residence. Not all responses will be published. Note: Please respond before Monday.