• Primary system a travesty
    August 28,2014
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    I so looked forward to doing my civic duty today and vote in the primary elections. I carefully researched the various candidates and was somewhat surprised to find virtually none of them coming out with a firm platform. Statements such as “I will seek to bring jobs to Vermont” are akin to stating “I like kittens.” In this information age, one would think candidates could clearly illustrate their positions, but alas, not so.

    Be that as it may, I trudged to our voting location armed with what little knowledge I could find. Not a single soul was there. Just the workers, my wife and I. One worker sighed and mentioned that they would be lucky to see 125 people today. She then went on to inform me that she was giving me four ballots, one for each party, but I was only allowed to fill out one ballot. Our party system and its partisan underpinnings sicken me. Are not Americans capable of making electoral decisions based on personal merit? While I might support a Republican senator, I may well feel a Democratic governor to be the better candidate. Nope! We the sheeple are instead herded into (basically) one of two pens and told one size fits all and you are either with us or against us. Government today is broken in so many ways. Campaign financing is a tragedy and party lines are, in my opinion, broken beyond repair. Long story short, neither my wife nor I participated in today’s process. I left our ballot place discouraged that we the people could not actually effect any change.

    JAYSON CASAVANT

    Rutland
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