Thank you for a good article on our strange voting day. It made sense when most of us were farmers who had to travel by foot or by horse to the county seat but it ain’t(sic) that way no more!
However, I think it unfair that you don’t mention that we have options. One could have voted at City Hall any day for the past couple of weeks. Even better, we have the option of filling out an absentee ballot at home. It is way easier to research the races and complete your ballot at home than to stand in line for hours on election Tuesday.
You don’t have to do your absentee ballot all at once so you can make the time when it suits your schedule, day or night. California law only provides for two hours off work on voting day. I’d never get a chance to vote if Tuesday were the only choice.
The great travesty with Ted Haggard is this: No matter what the product, whether it is a new perfume, a pair of boxer shorts, a book or a even a religion all use the same financial strategy. The strategy is this, “sex sells.” Haggard and all the other right-wing evangelical churches in our country have been using this strategy for a long time. All on what the media says is 20+ million people. All to a tune of a lot of money and a messianic vision of political power.
Now that’s a lot of selling.
While decent gay and lesbian families battle for legitimacy on the fields of commitment and marriage people like Ted Haggard have open and legal access to any kind of marriage they like… even while abusing the privilege. Doesn’t this kind of “marriage ethic” seem upside down and inside out to every thinking person out there?
I would like to see a new world. Where people, whether straight or gay who are responsible in their relationships, are rewarded by society and those who are not are not even given the time of day.
— Lys Anzia , Journalist (up close to the issues in Colorado.)
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