EDITORIAL: Let's have our voters vote


At it’s most fundamental level, a democracy is simply a form of government that calls for a voting process when new legislation is adopted. In effect, a democracy runs under the simple notion that each person is a vote, plain and simple, with no regards to individual wealth, race, creed, gender or religion.

One person, one vote.

Because of the logistics and costs, a democracy obviously can not hold a general election for every item that comes up for review, therefore, we as a people hold general elections to vote for various governing bodies that we feel will vote in our best interests. We do this on municipal, county, state and federal levels.

To be elementary, we vote for our voters.

However, that concept is not always realized. Let’s take, for example, SB 100, the bill regarding the way Sussex County Council members are elected, and a bill that never was put in front of the State Senate for vote.

We are not here to argue the merits of the bill or if it should or should not be passed by the Senate. We are here, however, to argue that the bill should have been released from committee so the people we vote for to vote in our best interests could, well, vote.

Let’s state this again, more clearly. We vote for representatives to vote in our interests, not to censor what does or does not get voted on in the first place. We realize legislators are busy, and their time needs to be best spent on what effects the most people, but this is not a bill calling for careful scientific review of water quality numbers or philosophical and medical research sensitivities such as stem cell research.

It is about our rights as voters, and the responsibilities we entrust in our legislators to vote in our best interests.

Stop blocking these votes.