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September 27, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 27, 2012

Choice of words

TO THE EDITOR: Our democratic process is in terrible condition.

In the Republican Primary for the 115th district of New York State Assembly, voter turnout was embarrassingly low, and Assemblywoman Janet Duprey stated that the primary election annoyed her.

Her annoyance should be compared to the frustration of voters, who often have no choice except the candidate given them by the local Republican party bosses. They, too, deserve criticism but space is limited.

The assemblywoman believes that because she “put her time in” and was chosen by the “party bosses” that she should not have to run in a primary. Ms. Duprey’s comments reflect much of the current problem with government.

Many elected officials do not consider themselves answerable to their constituents — inside Albany and inside the D.C. Beltway are their main concerns. The term “public servant” rings empty when spoken conveniently by many elected officials, who take the financial benefits provided by constituents’ taxes.

An annoyance to have to answer to the taxpaying constituents, perhaps; it depends on your attitude. But it is a necessity in a democracy, and more so, it is a privilege to be a candidate and vote in a primary.

Last election, Assemblywoman Duprey’s political connections in Albany insured, through a minor technicality, that she was not annoyed and that we voters were not given the choice of a primary.

I am not a sore loser. Winning and losing are part of the democratic process. The voters of this district lose if elected officials view their duties an annoyance. Perhaps I should laud our assemblywoman’s truthfulness toward elections or perhaps it was an instance of a poor choice of words.

The voters will decide in an “annoying” general election by choosing perhaps, and unfortunately, the least annoying and not the best candidate.

JIM MEEHAN

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