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Election or Rejection? Voters Ponder the Many InconsistenciesBarry Lee Coyne Salem-News.com
Speaking from the heart, I passionately believe every voter should demand proof that a given candidate is an effective problem solver.
(SALEM, Ore.) - It's springtime! Along with daisies and daffodils blooming we drivers in traffic can see bunches of lawn posters proclaiming loyalty to this candidate or that. It's Multiple-Choice Primary Time... choose your favorite multi-marketed candidate and see the consequences.
We imagine ourselves a free-will democracy while we get pounded daily with 5-second sound bites bandying about the candidate credentials. After being part of elections since my 21st birthday in 1962, I have decided to take a step back and examine what is really happening.
Here's the scoop (pooper and all):
Speaking from the heart, I passionately believe every voter should demand proof that a given candidate is an effective problem solver. Not by offering titles from the past but by illustrating problems confronted and resolved. We are voting for you to be our proxy and deserve nothing less. To coin a motto for the occasion: "Hot air deserves the cold shoulder".
Election or rejection? The choice is ours, not to be taken lightly.
Salem-News.com Community Writer Barry Lee Coyne brings to our readers stories from his combined career of journalism and gerontology, and explains that these paths shaped his values. Lee Coyne once worked for The Civil Service Leader in NY State and covered the Legislature. He has also done features on mediation and arbitration, and believes in healthy skepticism. This writer-therapist often views the world as the masks of comedy and tragedy placed upon the scales of justice. For him, optimism inevitably wins. "Lyrical Lee" has traveled to 30 nations aboard and was once a press intern at the UN. His first published article was in The NY Daily News in '59, dealing with the need for integrity in public office.
He also launched the nation's first tele-conference on health education for shut-ins, created the Eldermentors project in VA to pair retirees with immigrant students needing role models, and was the main catalyst behind CCTV's "Public Public" panel show here in Salem. Lee received his BA in International Relations and an MSW in community organization. He currently serves as a member of Salem's Library Advisory Board. To send Lee an email, please write to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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