In his Feb. 13 letter to the editor, Timothy M. Bledsoe bemoaned relatively low voter turnout in recent primaries, blaming it on the system and likening the nominating process to "frat parties."ÂI partially agree with Bledsoe; but perhaps he should consider the truism that democracy is messy while tyranny is efficient.
He might also consider the fact that many Americans feel that of the four standing presidential candidates, we have two obviously mean-spirited people, one idealist without enough experience and finally one guitarist preacher whose actions are "all about him" not the people.
Picking the least of evils is not a strong incentive to vote.
Bledsoe's call to abolish the "outdated Electoral College" indicates that he was not really paying attention in his "high school civics class." The "absolute democracy" resulting from the abolishment of the Electoral College would deny a voice in the presidential elections to the states with small populations.
The presidential elections would be decided by a handful of cities like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, et al. Our founding fathers wisely protected the rights of all member states of the new Union by ensuring a voice for all states, large and small, in the presidential selection process.
Gene Rickaby, Martinez