Opinion

Shame on non-voters

To the editor:

The trumpets had barely stopped sounding Reveille. The tributes paid to those who sacrificed their lives and those veterans who put their lives on the line to preserve our democratic way of life and the freedoms we enjoy had barely been spoken. It was soon after these observances and tributes that the people of the Westside had an opportunity to demonstrate how they appreciated the efforts of those individuals.

But how did the majority of the Westsiders demonstrate how much they appreciated the sacrifices of those killed in action and those who lived but carry the scars of their experiences?

That majority of Westsiders might as well have spit in the faces of our veterans and desecrated the graves of those who died protecting the freedoms we all enjoy. 

On Nov. 17, a majority of Westsiders demonstrated that they have no moral fibre, much less appreciation of the sacrifices made on their behalf.

These landed gentry didn’t have the moral sense necessary to realize that they have an obligation to go out and vote. We as citizens of a free and democratic society have a duty, not just a privilege that we can ignore because it is not convenient, to exercise our right to vote. 

Those who did not perform that duty on Nov. 17 should take some time to look in a mirror.

They are looking at someone who is lazy, unpatriotic, slothful and someone who does not deserve the citizenship they have. They cannot in any way justify their actions of not voting. What kind of an example are they setting for future generations? What kind of an atmosphere are they creating for the future of this great country? Certainly not a good one.

Hang your heads in shame, non voters! I think you are the lowest of the low.

J. Martin, Westbank

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