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01 October 2005

Passion in Boston Elections - Boston Globe

To: vennochi@globe.com, Letters@globe.com
Subject: Passion in Boston Elections - Boston Globe
Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2005 12:39 PM

Joan Vennochi - Boston Globe .. column today (Th 29 Sep) lamenting poor turnout in Tuesday's Boston municipal elections .. 15 %

Dear Joan .. doesn't it just make your hair hurt when you have to write a column bemoaning the fact that just 15% of Boston voters bothered to vote in Tuesday's municipal primary.

Meanwhile -- in the much despised Iraq -- people braved bombs and bullets, assassination, decapitation, an infinitum -- their election drew an estimated 60 to 70% -- including 90% in Basra.

What are Iraqis doing right about democracy that we are doing wrong ? Do they value democracy more than we do ?

Or could it be that with Motor Voter, ID-less voting, ghost voting (especially in Democratic controlled big cities where organized labor ran the GOTV programs) people are just bored with how easy it is to be free ?

Maybe we need Mother Sheehan to run our elections. Bring the troops back from Iraq and Louisiana and MAKE Americans vote. Isn't that the Liberal ideal ?

Sorry about your hair. Yr Fthfl Rdr .. Cranberry Bog Fox

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