TAKE TIME ON FOURTH TO CHECK YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION
This Independence Day, honor our nation and democracy by making sure your voter registration is up-to-date in time to participate in this year’s important elections. Then, take a moment to ask your friends and family if they are registered to vote at their current address.
Every year, the League of Women Voters of Tyler/Smith County is committed to making sure voters have the information they need to participate in elections and ensure their votes count. Before every election, the League and the Tyler Paper distribute thousands of Voter Guides so that voters know who is running for each office and what Amendments to the Texas Constitution are on the ballot.
The Tyler/Smith County League also sponsors candidate forums which enable citizens to get to hear in person what the candidates for each office have to offer for the job.
The first step to having a say on the issues that matter most to you, the citizen, is registering to vote. As we pause this week to mark our nation’s birthday, set aside just a few minutes to check on your registration status, as well as to start learning about the candidates and issues that will be on your ballot. VOTE411.org is the place to go for all of your election information throughout 2014.
Every election, whether local, state or federal, is important to ensuring our laws and policies reflect the values and beliefs of all Americans, not just a few.
Celebrate America’s 238th birthday this Independence Day by updating your voter registration or registering to vote for the first time, and committing to vote and participate in the greatest democracy in the world.
Mary Claire Rowe
League of Women Voters
THE GREAT WAR
Regarding your Saturday editorial, entitled “Lessons to learn from Great War.” A popular history of the 1919 Peace Conference is aptly entitled “A Peace to End all Peace.” Indeed, we should learn from the needless carnage of this war, plus the nationalistic connivances during the subsequent Peace Conference.
First, the law of unintended consequences illustrates that wars never resolve themselves as anticipated. Next, we should avoid the feckless over-promising of support, and entangling mutual defense alliances. Our NATO commitments, for example, do not stop at Britain, France and Germany, but now stretch to the far borders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Finally, we should avoid the foolhardiness of either going to war or peace negotiations based on smug, naïve and uninformed ideological principles, which often have no relationship to the realities on the ground.
So, I was puzzled by your illustration of the failure to learn from this history — Obama’s removal of the troops from Iraq, complete with Krauthammer proof-text. Will our military presence solve any problem in the world? Would another 10,000 to 20,000 troops in Iraq for who knows how long really have averted the current crisis?
Are centuries-old animosities decided that simply? Some Americans apparently think so, as this is certainly the standard response among conservatives. I find this to be as blinkered a view, however, as Wilson’s ideological naiviete to “make the world safe for democracy.”
President Obama can be faulted, however, for his disinterested diplomatic disengagement from Iraq as the situation we helped create festered.
I find it rather disturbing that when we have a problem such as the Veterans Administration or the illegal children at the border, all of a sudden the politicians seemed surprised. They have to use our tax money to hurry to Arizona or Brownsville to see first-hand what they know has been going on for years, and then they yell loudly that it’s a shame and must be fixed.
This goes for both parties and not just the politicians from Texas.
Please remember all of this, come Election Day. It might just be time to start all over. The old saying that “it’s your politician, not mine who is causing the problem” might not apply any longer.