Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00
(Editor’s note: The following is a response to Karen Gellender’s column, “The Opposite Of Voting.”)
I too have been finding it’s much easier this year to identify the candidates I don’t like than to pick one that I do like. So, I’m thinking about “third party” candidates, but worried that a vote for a third party is a vote thrown away. But here’s how I convinced myself that voting for a third party candidate is an okay thing to do: Unless you live in one of the “swing” states (like Michigan) that the polls say can go either way, then voting for a major party candidate, who isn’t the favorite in your state, is pretty much a thrown away vote anyhow. By voting instead for a suitable third party candidate, you at least convey the message to the major parties that the candidates they provided were not attractive to you.
At some point, a rational political party will look at the third party votes as votes they’d like to win for themselves and so will perhaps pick a more suitable candidate. Or if a particular third party candidate actually manages to attract enough votes to win the election, then the losing “major” party perhaps isn’t so major any more, a suitable fate for a party that can’t learn to offer the people the sort of leader that they want.
Maybe I’m naive, but I keep hoping for a political convention that doesn’t simply rubber-stamp the nomination of the candidate that the primary results picked, but that has the fortitude to pick a candidate who would best lead the implementation of the party’s platform. If it’s all automatic, then why not spend the money on a big advertising campaign instead of on holding a convention?
A friend of mine suggests that all campaign promises are lies. By assuming that, he isn’t disappointed if the candidate elected doesn’t actually deliver on their campaign promises. My friend’s ballot choice is based on voting for the candidate that presents the lies that are most appealing to my friend’s point of view. He explains that if the other candidate isn’t even presenting attractive lies, then why should he give that candidate his vote? If the candidate who wins then takes actions that are inconsistent with the lies he campaigned on, then don’t vote for him again. Arguably, that explains the fate of the first George Bush, the one who campaigned on a promise of “no new taxes” (“Read my lips! No new taxes!”). He implemented some small tax hikes, and couldn’t get re-elected because people couldn’t trust that he’d at least act consistent with his campaign promises.
R. Drew Davis
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
The Plainview Water District Board of Commissioners Joel Kessler, Andrew Bader and Edward Shulroff recently visited Plant No. 1 at Manetto Hill Road to review the progress of the district’s pavement restoration project and to check heightened security measures. The construction at Plant No. 1 is part of an extended series of capital improvements designed to enhance efficiency and productivity within the district’s facilities.
“We’re very pleased at the progress we continue to make at the Plainview Water District throughout the past 12 months,” Kessler said. There are a variety of ongoing projects, he added, and it is important that “my fellow commissioners and I thoroughly oversee each capital improvement” to ensure continued high-quality service.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00After six years of serving on the Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education, former trustee, Angel Cepeda, decided not to seek re-election this past May 21, and recently took time to reflect on his tenure on the school board.
“It has been an honor to serve the Plainview-Old Bethpage community — while some may not have always agreed with my positions on various issues, I trust nonetheless that I was considered honest and principled,” Cepeda said.