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February 24, 2013

Letters to the Editor - Feb. 24, 2013

Writer thinks many elected to public office under-qualified

Dear Editor,

One thing that has always puzzled me in how grossly under qualified people have been elected to our public offices.

The answer has to be that the voters are unaware of the ignorance because nobody is vetting any of the candidates for office. Our paper, the Democrat, does a pathetic job of informing citizens about the qualifications, background and experience of the candidates for office. I had hoped the Weatherford Telegram might fill the void, but they have been a disappointment. The other magazines and papers are merely propaganda outlets.

The last city election was a joke. They would not even allow the challengers to face the incumbents in a public debate, let alone tell the voters just what the qualifications and history was. Our population demographics have changed drastically over recent years and the people simply do not know who the people running for offices are. The result has been a continuation of the uneducated, unlearned regime.

What might educate the populous is a televised debate with an outside moderator. The city hall already has the cable channel dedicated to them alone. Bring the incumbents and challengers face to face in an intelligent debate where the citizens can see for themselves just what they would be voting for. Televise the debate; don’t just broadcast it like the council is currently doing. Let the people actually see and hear those who would be representing them. Publicize the event broadly before the debate so the people can arrange to watch.

We have an election coming up in the very near future that the populous is totally unaware of. That would be a perfect proving ground for the televised debate forum. Weatherford College is electing their board of trustees on May 11. Provide the college incumbents and challengers the opportunity to show the populous who and what they actually are before the election.

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