Letter: Actually, voting does count

I am writing about the article on April 25 entitled "Voting Doesn't Count?" It is true our vote really doesn't count. At the national level, our vote never counted, but there is still hope at the state, county and city levels. The ensuing problem at the local level is the candidates have a private agenda that does not appear to involve the people. Prior to the elections, candidates are all about what everyone wants in an elected official, because at that time the candidate needs your vote to be elected. After the election, the wants and needs of the people are discounted. Once the candidate becomes elected, they become oblivious to why the people put them there.

Do you wonder why people do not vote? This comment from one of our local elected officials is the prime example why we turn away from the political scene. The comment overheard was, "I have had many constituents counsel me on upcoming issues involving the city, and I answered them by saying that I have to vote what is good for the city, not the individual." My understanding is that the "people are the city."

The candidates need to follow through with their campaign promises after being elected. They also need to listen to the general population versus only the business community. We the people are known to have answers too.

Yes, we all need to vote because this is the only way our voices will be heard. Hopefully, this ensures that the candidates will listen and to make the proper decisions that benefit all, and not just a few.

Gordon Veveiros